from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To surround with hostile forces.
- transitive v. To crowd around; hem in.
- transitive v. To harass or importune, as with requests: Reporters besieged the winner for interviews.
- transitive v. To cause to feel distressed or worried: She was besieged by problems.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To beset or surround with armed forces for the purpose of compelling to surrender, to lay siege to, beleaguer.
- v. To beleaguer, lay siege to, beset.
- v. to assail or ply, as with requests or demands.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To beset or surround with armed forces, for the purpose of compelling to surrender; to lay siege to; to beleaguer; to beset.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To lay siege to; beleaguer; beset or surround with armed forces for the purpose of compelling to surrender, either by famine or by violent attacks: as, to besiege a castle or city.
- To beset; throng around; harass.
- Synonyms To beset, hem in, invest, blockade.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. harass, as with questions or requests
- v. surround so as to force to give up
- v. cause to feel distressed or worried
Middle English besegen, probably alteration of assegen, from Old French assegier, from Vulgar Latin *assedicāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Vulgar Latin *sedicāre, to sit; see siege.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)