Definition of siege noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//siːdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//siːdʒ//
    The police
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  1. 1a military operation in which an army tries to capture a town by surrounding it and stopping the supply of food, etc. to the people inside the siege of Troy The siege was finally lifted (= ended) after six months. The police placed the city centre under a virtual state of siege (= it was hard to get in or out).
  2. 2a situation in which the police surround a building where people are living or hiding, in order to make them come out The siege was finally brought to an end when the terrorists surrendered. see also besiege See related entries: The police
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French sege, from asegier ‘besiege’.Extra examples At the very end of the war, Prague again came under siege. His views are typical of the siege mentality of this administration. The English forces laid siege to the city of Tournai. The opposition pledged to lift a siege of government buildings. The police placed the city centre under a virtual state of siege. The royal forces marched south to lift the siege of Donnington Castle. The seven-hour armed siege at the school ended peacefully. The siege lasted two years. The terrorists were shot dead during the siege of the embassy. This fortress could withstand a siege for years if necessary. Under military and economic siege, entire economic sectors have collapsed. soldiers wounded at the siege of Charleston wounded at the siege of Edinburgh Castle in 1573Idioms
    1. 1to begin a siege of a town, building, etc. The crusaders laid siege to Lisbon.
    2. 2to surround a building, especially in order to speak to or question the person or people living or working there Crowds of journalists laid siege to the star’s apartment.
    1. 1surrounded by an army or the police in a siege The city was under siege for six months.
    2. 2being criticized all the time or put under pressure by problems, questions, etc. The government is already under siege for its economic policy.
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