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Definition of "besiege" [be•siege]

  • To surround with hostile forces. (verb-transitive)
  • To crowd around; hem in. (verb-transitive)
  • To harass or importune, as with requests: Reporters besieged the winner for interviews. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to feel distressed or worried: She was besieged by problems. (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 "besiege" in a sentence
  • "BENNETT: Yes, there is, because the word besiege reentered our vocabulary before the weekend."
  • "Inward sorrows, gnawing thoughts that "besiege" men, doubts, remorse, gloomy landscapes, all afford them abundant inspiration."
  • "American bishop urges Catholics to 'besiege' New York Times"