- 1besiege something to surround a building, city, etc. with soldiers until the people inside are forced to let you in synonym lay siege to Paris was besieged for four months and forced to surrender. (figurative) Fans besieged the box office to try and get tickets for the concert.
- 2[usually passive] besiege somebody/something (especially of something unpleasant or annoying) to surround somebody/something in large numbers The actress was besieged by reporters at the airport.
- 3besiege somebody (with something) to send so many letters, ask so many questions, etc. that it is difficult for somebody to deal with them all The radio station was besieged with calls from angry listeners. Word Origin Middle English: alteration (by change of prefix) of assiege, from Old French asegier.
BrE BrE//bɪˈsiːdʒ//; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈsiːdʒ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they besiege
BrE BrE//bɪˈsiːdʒ//; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈsiːdʒ//he / she / it besieges
BrE BrE//bɪˈsiːdʒɪz//; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈsiːdʒɪz//past simple besieged
BrE BrE//bɪˈsiːdʒd//; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈsiːdʒd//past participle besieged
BrE BrE//bɪˈsiːdʒd//; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈsiːdʒd//-ing form besieging
BrE BrE//bɪˈsiːdʒɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈsiːdʒɪŋ//