Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

besiege

verb
     
beā€§siege [transitive]
1 to surround a city or castle with military force until the people inside let you take control:
In April 655, Osman's palace was besieged by rebels.
2 [usually passive] if people, worries, thoughts etc, besiege you, you are surrounded by them:
Miller was besieged by press photographers.
3

be besieged with letters/demands/requests etc

to receive a very large number of letters, requests etc

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary