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Definition of "beleaguer" [be•lea•guer]

  • To harass; beset: We are beleaguered by problems. (verb-transitive)
  • To surround with troops; besiege. See Synonyms at besiege. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "beleaguer" in a sentence
  • "Either way, until all schools are created equal, such drastic and sweeping policies will only aggravate the inconsistencies and inequities that already beleaguer our school system."
  • "Serious troubles continue to beleaguer the operators of the Japanese nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture that was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami."
  • "It avoids some of the diplomatic ploys of the big powers that beleaguer the international mechanisms."