Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

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  • 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

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

    August 24, 2008