besiege

UK [bɪˈsiːdʒ] / US [bɪˈsɪdʒ] verb [transitive]
Word forms "besiege":
present tense I/you/we/they besiege he/she/it besieges present participle besieging past tense besieged past participle besieged
1)
a) to surround a place with an army and prevent the people there from getting food and supplies, as a way of getting control of it
b) to gather round a person or place in a way that threatens or annoys them

The company's offices were besieged by hundreds of people who had holidays planned.

2) [usually passive] to make more requests, offers, comments, or complaints than someone can deal with
besiege someone/something with something:

The department has been besieged with enquiries from students from all over the country.


English dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:
(with a military force), , ,


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  • besiege — [v1] surround; assault assail, attack, beleaguer, beset, blockade, come at from all sides, confine, congregate, encircle, encompass, environ, hem in, invest, lay siege to, shut in, trap, work on, work over; concepts 86,90 Ant. leave alone besiege …   New thesaurus

  • Besiege — Be*siege , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Besieged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Besieging}.] [OE. bisegen; pref. be + segen to siege. See {Siege}.] To beset or surround with armed forces, for the purpose of compelling to surrender; to lay siege to; to beleaguer; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • besiege — index assault, attack, bait (harass), harass, harrow, importune, obsess, overwhelm …   Law dictionary

  • besiege — (v.) c.1300, from BE (Cf. be ) + SIEGE (Cf. siege). Related: Besieged; besieging …   Etymology dictionary

  • besiege — like siege, is spelt ie …   Modern English usage

  • besiege — ► VERB 1) surround (a place) with armed forces in order to capture it or force it to surrender. 2) harass or oppress with requests or complaints. DERIVATIVES besieger noun. ORIGIN Old French asegier …   English terms dictionary

  • besiege — [bē sēj′, bisēj′] vt. besieged, besieging [ME bisegen < be , BE + segen, to lay siege to < sege, seat, SIEGE] 1. to hem in with armed forces, esp. for a sustained attack; lay siege to 2. to close in on; crowd around 3. to overwhelm, harass …   English World dictionary

  • besiege — [[t]bɪsi͟ːʤ[/t]] besieges, besieging, besieged 1) VERB: usu passive If you are besieged by people, many people want something from you and continually bother you. [be V ed] She was besieged by the press and the public. 2) VERB If soldiers besiege …   English dictionary

  • besiege — verb Besiege is used with these nouns as the object: ↑castle, ↑fortress …   Collocations dictionary

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