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[bih-lee-ger] /bɪˈli gər/
verb (used with object)
to surround with military forces.
to surround or beset, as with troubles.
Origin of beleaguer
1580-90; be- + leaguer1
Related forms
beleaguerer, noun
2. harass, pester, badger, bother, vex, annoy, plague, hector. Unabridged
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  • He believes a restored park will lift this beleaguered region out of poverty.
  • Nothing the beleaguered boy does can shake his sister, not even removing himself to the yard.
  • Heavy rains have beleaguered much of Mexico's south for weeks.
  • Two beleaguered bluebloods win by a combined score of 66-7.
  • Tough times are forcing change on Britain's beleaguered pubs.
  • They emerge as gentlemen, hounded and beleaguered, rather than as traitors.
  • It was not a complete victory for the beleaguered organization.
  • You really need to drop this whole beleaguered working-class hero shtick.
  • Her memoir provides an unsettling commentary on a beleaguered social service system that often fails to help homeless children.
  • With additional funding, they could even help beleaguered parents by offering after-school care and education.
British Dictionary definitions for beleaguered


verb (transitive)
to trouble persistently; harass
to lay siege to
Word Origin
C16: from be- + leaguer1
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Word Origin and History for beleaguered



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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