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noun [countable/uncountable] siege pronunciation in American English /sidʒ/
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  1. 1
    an attack in which an army surrounds a castle or city in order to prevent the people inside from receiving food and water
    The troops prepared to withstand a long siege.
    break a siege (=to cause a siege to end): An attempt was made to break the 38-month siege of Sarajevo.
    lift/raise a siege (=to end a siege): The king lifted the siege two months later.
    under siege (=in a siege): Malta was under siege in World War II.
    See also lay1
  2. 2
    a situation in which a group of people surround a building in order to protest about something or to force the people inside to come out
    Police surrounded the house for a 12 hour siege.
    state of siege: The town was in a state of siege (=people could not leave or enter it).
    lay siege to something (=start a siege in a place): Hundreds of students laid siege to the American embassy.



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