Definition of Besiege

1. Verb. Surround so as to force to give up. "The Turks besieged Vienna"

Exact synonyms: Beleaguer, Circumvent, Hem In, Surround
Generic synonyms: Assail, Attack
Specialized synonyms: Blockade, Seal Off, Ebb
Derivative terms: Besieger



2. Verb. Cause to feel distressed or worried. "She was besieged by so many problems that she got discouraged"
Generic synonyms: Distress

3. Verb. Harass, as with questions or requests. "The press photographers besieged the movie star"
Generic synonyms: Importune, Insist

Definition of Besiege

1. v. t. To beset or surround with armed forces, for the purpose of compelling to surrender; to lay siege to; to beleaguer; to beset.

Definition of Besiege

1. Verb. (transitive) To beset or surround with armed forces for the purpose of compelling to surrender, to lay siege to, beleaguer. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive figuratively) To beleaguer, lay siege to, beset. ¹

3. Verb. to assail or ply, as with requests or demands. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Besiege

1. to surround [v -SIEGED, -SIEGING, -SIEGES] - See also: surround

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Besiege

beshouts
beshow
beshrew
beshrewed
beshrewing
beshrews
beshroud
beshrouded
beshrouding
beshrouds
beshut
beside
beside oneself
beside the point
besides
besiege (current term)
besieged
besiegement
besiegements
besieger
besiegers
besieges
besieging
besiegingly
besigh
besighed
besighing
besighs
besilesomab
besilver

Literary usage of Besiege

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1. The Annual Register, Or, A View of the History, Politics, and Literature for by Edmund Burke, Benjamin Franklin Collection (Library of Congress), John Davis Batchelder Collection (Library of Congress) (1795)
"army to besiege, or whether he was blinded by a train of uniform success, which made him believe his arms irresistible under every disadvantage, ..."

2. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1899)
"... by the mortifying discovery that the richest part of the imperial spoil The Goths ,,, . , . •, n » TT j • mi besiege had been within the walls ot ..."

3. History of Friedrich II of Prussia, Called Frederick the Great by Thomas Carlyle (1862)
"... on Visit to Friedrich; sees Friedrich besiege Brieg, with Effect. It was April 26th, when Marechal de Belleisle, with his Brother the Chevalier, ..."

4. History of Friedrich II, of Prussia: Called Frederick the Great by Thomas Carlyle (1900)
"... sees Friedrich besiege Brieg, with Effect It was April 26th when Marechal de Belleisle, with his Brother the Chevalier, with Valori and other bright ..."

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