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[bih-seej] /bɪˈsidʒ/
verb (used with object), besieged, besieging.
to lay siege to.
to crowd around; crowd in upon; surround:
Vacationers besieged the travel office.
to assail or ply, as with requests or demands.
1250-1300; Middle English bysegen. See be-, siege
Related forms
besiegement, noun
besieger, noun
besiegingly, adverb
unbesieged, adjective
3. beset, pester, harass, harry, hound. Unabridged
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  • Other townships are besieged by securities salesmen smelling opportunity.
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  • The stock market gradually climbed, but it was besieged by both far-flung debt crises and domestic flash crashes.
  • His audience besieged the station with concerned phone calls.
  • Later the referee was besieged in his changing room and the police had to be called.
British Dictionary definitions for besieged


verb (transitive)
to surround (a fortified area, esp a city) with military forces to bring about its surrender
to crowd round; hem in
to overwhelm, as with requests or queries
Derived Forms
besieger, noun
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Word Origin and History for besieged



c.1300, from be- + siege. Related: Besieged; besieging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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