to surround with military forces.
to surround or beset, as with troubles.
Before God can make her in truth His own, make her verify her name, He will have to beleaguer and reduce her.
The Book of Isaiah, Volume I (of 2) George Adam Smith
In his tragedy of Ezelino, after the tyrant’s downfall, a captain is sent to beleaguer Treviso, and reduce Ezelino’s garrison.
The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi; Volume the first Count Carlo Gozzi
And yet I cannot think that any Scottish or French rovers could land in such force as to beleaguer the fortalice.
The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
Somehow that seemed to make her matter less, and Dodo had not at present made any determined effort to beleaguer her.
Dodo’s Daughter E. F. Benson
Make a detour through some pass, forestall your foes, beleaguer them, protect our troops!
The Dramatic Values in Plautus Wilton Wallace Blancke
For Edward took his army to beleaguer Calais, and after blockading it for nearly a year forced it to surrender.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 5 Various
Should we have to beleaguer it we may count upon some help from within.’
Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
They, however, continued to beleaguer the place, occasionally showing in great masses.
Our Sailors W.H.G. Kingston
Having pardoned their offences against ourselves, we went back to beleaguer Samarkand.
The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
to trouble persistently; harass
to lay siege to
1580s, from Dutch or Low German belegeren “to besiege,” from be- “around” (see be-) + legeren “to camp,” from leger “bed, camp, army, lair,” from Proto-Germanic *leg-raz-, from PIE *legh-to- “lie” (see lie (v.2)). A word from the Flemish Wars (cf. Swedish belägra, Dutch belegeren “besiege,” German Belagerung “siege”). Spelling influenced by league. Related: Beleaguered; beleaguering.
to show to be false; contradict: His trembling hands belied his calm voice. to misrepresent: The newspaper belied the facts. to act unworthily according to the standards of (a tradition, one’s ancestry, one’s faith, etc.). Archaic. to lie about; slander. Contemporary Examples The broad sweep of The Sleepwalkers seems at first to belie its central […]
something believed; an opinion or conviction: a belief that the earth is flat. confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof: a statement unworthy of belief. confidence; faith; trust: a child’s belief in his parents. a religious tenet or tenets; religious creed or faith: the Christian belief. Contemporary Examples […]
to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so: Only if one believes in something can one act purposefully. to have confidence or faith in the truth of (a positive assertion, story, etc.); give credence to. to have confidence in […]