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[bih-seej] /bɪˈsidʒ/
verb (used with object), besieged, besieging.
to lay siege to.
to crowd around; crowd in upon; surround:
Vacationers besieged the travel office.
to assail or ply, as with requests or demands.
Origin of besiege
1250-1300; Middle English bysegen. See be-, siege
Related forms
besiegement, noun
besieger, noun
besiegingly, adverb
unbesieged, adjective
3. beset, pester, harass, harry, hound. Unabridged
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  • There wasn't a screen at door or window, and soon after sundown we were besieged.

  • Also, it seemed to him that the fort was besieged by wolves.

    White Fang Jack London
  • These men started at dawn, but before that time Kassim had managed to open communications with the besieged Brown.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • Here both platforms were besieged with demonstrative crowds.

    Adventures and Recollections Bill o'th' Hoylus End
  • Yet, although they repulsed the enemy, the besieged sustained an important loss in that first assault.

    Rule of the Monk Giuseppe Garibaldi
British Dictionary definitions for besieged


verb (transitive)
to surround (a fortified area, esp a city) with military forces to bring about its surrender
to crowd round; hem in
to overwhelm, as with requests or queries
Derived Forms
besieger, noun
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Word Origin and History for besieged



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

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