I. verb — [with obj.] 1. surround (a place) with armed forces in order to capture it or force its surrender • the king marched north to besiege Berwick
• (as adj. besieged)
the besieged city.
2. surround and harass • she spent the whole day besieged by newsmen.
3. ( be besieged) — be inundated by large numbers of requests or complaints • the television station was besieged with calls.
II. derivatives besieger /bɪˈsiːdʒə / noun