To beset or encircle with military for the true purpose of powerful to surrender to put siege to to beleaguer to beset
- cause to feel troubled or worried
- harass, just like concerns or requests
- surround so as to force to give up
- To beset or surround with armed forces, for the purpose of compelling to surrender; to put siege to; to beleaguer; to beset.
c.1300, from be- + siege. Associated: Besieged; besieging.
(v. t.) To beset or encircle with military, for the intended purpose of persuasive to surrender; to lay siege to; to beleaguer; to beset.
After vainly attempting to break the Austrian centre, Pichegru suddenly turned their left, and defeated Clerfayt at Cassel, Menin and Courtrai, while Moreau, his second in command, defeated Coburg at Tourcoing in May 1794; then after a pause, during which Pichegru feigned to besiege Ypres, he again dashed at Clerfayt and defeated him at Rousselaer and Hooglede, while Jourdan came up with the new army of the Sambre-and-Meuse, and utterly routed the Austrians at Fleurus on the 27th of June 1794.