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 Dictionary entry overview: What does besiege mean? 

BESIEGE (verb)
  The verb BESIEGE has 3 senses:

1. surround so as to force to give up
2. cause to feel distressed or worried
3. harass, as with questions or requests

  Familiarity information: BESIEGE used as a verb is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

BESIEGE (verb)

Sense 1besiege [BACK TO TOP]


Surround so as to force to give up

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities


besiege; circumvent; beleaguer; hem in; surround

Context example:

The Turks besieged Vienna

Hypernyms (to "besiege" is one way to...):

assail; attack (launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "besiege"):

blockade; seal off (impose a blockade on)

ebb (hem in fish with stakes and nets so as to prevent them from going back into the sea with the ebb)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sense 2besiege [BACK TO TOP]


Cause to feel distressed or worried

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Context example:

She was besieged by so many problems that she got discouraged

Hypernyms (to "besiege" is one way to...):

distress (cause mental pain to)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody

Sense 3besiege [BACK TO TOP]


Harass, as with questions or requests

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

The press photographers besieged the movie star

Hypernyms (to "besiege" is one way to...):

importune; insist (beg persistently and urgently)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

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