to lay siege to.
to crowd around; crowd in upon; surround:
vacationers besieged the travel office.
to -ssail or ply, as with requests or demands.
historical examples

having collected a large army heracles set out for eubœa in order to besiege œchalia, its capital.
myths and legends of ancient greece and rome e.m. berens

antony of bourbon headed an army of the catholics to besiege the city.
henry iv, makers of history john s. c. abbott

another fleet, on its way to besiege lilybæum, in the same year, was lost off cape pactyrus.
the art of war baron henri de jomini

so it was with montgomery, for he was enabled to besiege the fort in both ways.
canada: the empire of the north agnes c. laut

after its capture, with the mississippi open to supply the two armies, they were to unite and besiege vicksburg.
our standard-bearer oliver optic

with what p-ssion, what entreaties, what tears did she besiege the throne!
a handful of stars frank w. boreham

he commenced landing troops in italy, threatening to besiege rome.
louis xiv., makers of history series john s. c. abbott

i first besiege their hearts with flattery, and then pour in my proposals at the breach.
the vicar of wakefield oliver goldsmith

advancing therefore with a large army, he prepared to besiege champa, the capital city.
hindoo tales translated by p. w. jacob

notwithstanding the strength of the fortress, william resolved to besiege it.
the huguenots in france samuel smiles.

verb (transitive)
to surround (a fortified area, esp a city) with military forces to bring about its surrender
to crowd round; hem in
to overwhelm, as with requests or queries

c.1300, from be- + siege. related: besieged; besieging.

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