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verb [transitive] besiege pronunciation in British English /bɪˈsiːdʒ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theybesiege
he/she/itbesieges
present participlebesieging
past tensebesieged
past participlebesieged
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  1. 1
    to surround a place with an army and prevent the people there from getting food and supplies, as a way of getting control of it
    1. a.
      to gather round a person or place in a way that threatens or annoys them

      The company’s offices were besieged by hundreds of people who had holidays planned.

  2. 2
    [usually passive] to make more requests, offers, comments, or complaints than someone can deal with
    besiege someone/something with something:

    The department has been besieged with enquiries from students from all over the country.

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