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beleaguer

[bih-lee-ger] /bɪˈli gər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to surround with military forces.
2.
to surround or beset, as with troubles.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; be- + leaguer1
Related forms
beleaguerer, noun
Synonyms
2. harass, pester, badger, bother, vex, annoy, plague, hector.
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beleaguer

/bɪˈliːɡə/
verb (transitive)
1.
to trouble persistently; harass
2.
to lay siege to
Word Origin
C16: from be- + leaguer1
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Word Origin and History for beleaguer
v.

1580s, from Dutch or Low German belegeren "to besiege," from be- "around" (see be-) + legeren "to camp," from leger "bed, camp, army, lair," from Proto-Germanic *leg-raz-, from PIE *legh-to- "lie" (see lie (v.2)). A word from the Flemish Wars (cf. Swedish belägra, Dutch belegeren "besiege," German Belagerung "siege"). Spelling influenced by league. Related: Beleaguered; beleaguering.

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