meaning of beleaguer

beleaguer meaning in General Dictionary

To encircle with an army so as to preclude escape to besiege to blockade

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  • surround to be able to force to quit
  • annoy persistently
  • To surround with an army to be able to preclude escape; to besiege; to blockade.

beleaguer meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1580s, from Dutch or reduced German belegeren "to besiege," from be- "around" (see be-) + legeren "to camp," from leger "bed, camp, military, lair," from Proto-Germanic *leg-raz-, from PIE *legh-to- "lie" (see lie (v.2)). A word through the Flemish Wars (cognates: Swedish bel


beleaguer meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To encircle with an army to be able to preclude escape; to besiege; to blockade.


Sentence Examples with the word beleaguer

In the result, Tippoo Sultan submitted when Lord Cornwallis had commenced to beleaguer his capital.

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