besiege /bɪˈsiːdʒ/


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 /

Oxford Dictionary of English

– origin Middle English: alteration (by change of prefix) of assiege, from Old French asegier.

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