besiege

[bih-seej]
verb (used with object), besieged, besieging.
1.
to lay siege to.
2.
to crowd around; crowd in upon; surround: Vacationers besieged the travel office.
3.
to assail or ply, as with requests or demands.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English bysegen. See be-, siege

besiegement, noun
besieger, noun
besiegingly, adverb
unbesieged, adjective


3. beset, pester, harass, harry, hound.
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besiege (bɪˈsiːdʒ)
 
vb
1.  to surround (a fortified area, esp a city) with military forces to bring about its surrender
2.  to crowd round; hem in
3.  to overwhelm, as with requests or queries
 
be'sieger
 
n

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besiege
c.1300, from be- + siege (q.v.).
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Example sentences
The revelry is soon interrupted when deadly tiger sharks besiege the waters.
Doctors say worried patients hearing about the ailment are starting to besiege them.
Despite this, protests and legal challenges besiege energy development decisions, delaying or derailing production.
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