To encircle with an army so as to preclude escape to besiege to blockade
- 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.
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
(v. t.) To encircle with an army to be able to preclude escape; to besiege; to blockade.
In the result, Tippoo Sultan submitted when Lord Cornwallis had commenced to beleaguer his capital.