Beleaguer
Beleaguer Be*lea"guer, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Beleaguered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Beleaguering}.] [D. belegeren (akin to G. belagern, Sw. bel["a]gra, Dan. beleire); pref. be- = E. be- + leger bed, camp, army, akin to E. lair. See {Lair}.] To surround with an army so as to preclude escape; to besiege; to blockade. [1913 Webster]

The wail of famine in beleaguered towns. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To block up; environ; invest; encompass. [1913 Webster]


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  • beleaguer — index attack, contain (enclose), envelop, harry (harass) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • beleaguer — (v.) 1580s, from Du. or Low Ger. belegeren to besiege, from be around (see BE (Cf. be )) + legeren to camp, from leger bed, camp, army, lair, from P.Gmc. *leg raz , from PIE *legh to lie (see LIE (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • beleaguer — *besiege, invest, blockade Analogous words: *surround, environ, encircle, encompass, hem, gird: *enclose, envelop: harass, pester, *worry, annoy …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • beleaguer — [v] harass, besiege annoy, badger, bedevil, beset, blockade, bother, gnaw, harry, nag, persecute, pester, plague, put upon, set upon, siege, storm, tease, vex, worry; concepts 7,19 …   New thesaurus

  • beleaguer — [bē lē′gər, bilē′gər] vt. [Du belegeren, to besiege < be , around + legeren, to camp < leger (akin to LAIR), a camp] 1. to besiege by encircling, as with an army 2. to beset, as with difficulties; harass …   English World dictionary

  • beleaguer — I (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v. [be LEE gur] to besiege or harass. He will beleaguer her until she finally gives in. SYN.: besiege, harass, beset, plague, pester, annoy, badger, bother, hound, hector, persecute, victimize, close …   English dictionary for students

  • beleaguer — /bəˈligə / (say buh leeguh), /bi / (say bee ) verb (t) 1. to surround with an army: to beleaguer the city. 2. to beset with troubles and annoyances. {Dutch belegeren, from be about + leger camp} –beleaguerer, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • beleaguer — transitive verb ( guered; beleaguering) Etymology: Dutch belegeren, from be (akin to Old English be ) + leger camp; akin to Old High German legar bed more at lair Date: 1587 1. besiege 2. trouble, harass < …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • beleaguer — beleaguerer, n. /bi lee geuhr/, v.t. 1. to surround with military forces. 2. to surround or beset, as with troubles. [1580 90; BE + LEAGUER1] Syn. 2. harass, pester, badger, bother, vex, annoy, plague, hector. * * * …   Universalium

  • beleaguer — verb /bɪˈliː.ɡə,bəˈliː.ɡə,bɪˈli.ɡɚ/ a) To besiege; to surround with troops. b) To vex, harass, or beset …   Wiktionary

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