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beleaguering


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  The  wail  of  famine  in  beleaguered  towns.  --Longfellow. 
 
  Syn:  To  block  up  environ;  invest;  encompass. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  beleaguering 
  n  :  the  action  of  an  armed  force  that  surrounds  a  fortified 
  place  and  isolates  it  while  continuing  to  attack  [syn:  {siege}, 
  {besieging},  {military  blockade}] 




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