tr.v. be·sieged, be·sieg·ing, be·sieg·es
1. To surround (a defended location such as a fort or a walled city) with hostile forces.
2. To crowd around; hem in: Fans besieged the star as she came out of the hotel.
3. To harass or overwhelm, as with requests: a shop owner besieged by job applications.
[Middle English besegen, probably alteration of assegen, from Old French assegier, from Vulgar Latin *assedicāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Vulgar Latin *sedicāre, to sit; see SIEGE.]
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