Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To surround with hostile forces.
  • transitive verb To crowd around; hem in.
  • transitive verb To harass or overwhelm, as with requests.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To beset or surround with armed forces, for the purpose of compelling to surrender; to lay siege to; to beleaguer; to beset.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To beset or surround with armed forces for the purpose of compelling to surrender, to lay siege to, beleaguer.
  • verb transitive, figuratively To beleaguer, lay siege to, beset.
  • verb to assail or ply, as with requests or demands.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb harass, as with questions or requests
  • verb surround so as to force to give up
  • verb cause to feel distressed or worried

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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.]

Examples

  • BENNETT: Yes, there is, because the word besiege reentered our vocabulary before the weekend.

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  • Inward sorrows, gnawing thoughts that "besiege" men, doubts, remorse, gloomy landscapes, all afford them abundant inspiration.

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  • Well, then the rest of us will 'besiege' the RCC and start demanding they be held accountable for these crimes.

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  • American bishop urges Catholics to 'besiege' New York Times

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  • Columnist Ahmed Gamal Badawi wrote in the liberal opposition daily Al-Wafd that the government policy to "besiege" Islamists with "obscenity" would backfire and only add

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  • Columnist Ahmed Gamal Badawi wrote in the liberal opposition daily Al-Wafd that the government policy to "besiege" Islamists with "obscenity" would backfire and only add

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  • Columnist Ahmed Gamal Badawi wrote in the liberal opposition daily Al-Wafd that the government policy to "besiege" Islamists with "obscenity" would backfire and only add

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  • "besiege" Israel though boycotts, raising the price of its oppression.

    The Guardian World News

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  • To surround a castle in order to cut off its supplies and make the occupants surrender.

    August 24, 2008

  • divide it like-->be+siege(seize)-- Indian army has seized the line of control, and now the whole area is surrounded by armed forces.

    December 27, 2013