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From Middle English besegen, bisegen, equivalent to be- (around, about) +‎ siege.


  • IPA(key): /bəˈsiːd͡ʒ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːdʒ
  • Hyphenation: be‧siege


besiege (third-person singular simple present besieges, present participle besieging, simple past and past participle besieged)

  1. (transitive) To beset or surround with armed forces for the purpose of compelling to surrender, to lay siege to, beleaguer.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To beleaguer, to vex, to lay siege to, to beset.
    • 2021 March 25, Phil McNulty, “England 5-0 San Marino”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      They should have inflicted a much heavier loss on their besieged opponents, the highlight being a late goal for Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins on debut after he came on as a substitute.
  3. to assail or ply, as with requests or demands.


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  1. inflection of besiegen:
    1. first-person singular present
    2. singular imperative
    3. first/third-person singular subjunctive I