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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