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besiege

[bih-seej] /bɪˈsidʒ/
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
1250-1300; Middle English bysegen. See be-, siege
Related forms
besiegement, noun
besieger, noun
besiegingly, adverb
unbesieged, adjective
Synonyms
3. beset, pester, harass, harry, hound.
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British Dictionary definitions for besiege

besiege

/bɪˈsiːdʒ/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
besieger, noun
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Word Origin and History for besiege
v.

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

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