Beleaguering
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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