I. verb — [with obj.] (usu. as adj. beleaguered) 1. lay siege to • he led a relief force to the aid of the beleaguered city.
2. put in a very difficult situation • the board is supporting the beleaguered director.
– origin late 16th cent.: from Dutch belegeren ‘camp round’, from be- ‘(all) about’ + leger ‘a camp’.