verb[with object] (usually as adjective beleaguered)
- 1Lay siege to: he led a relief force to the aid of the beleaguered cityMore example sentences
- Seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them.
- For every useless mouth in a beleaguered place adds to the difficulties of the defenders and facilitates the task of the besiegers.
- The fateful day dawned, and still the city was beleaguered on every side, while within its walls the Aztecs were dying of famine and plague.
- 1.1Put in a very difficult situation: the board is supporting the beleaguered directorMore example sentences
- But it isn't just the nuts and bolts of touring in support of a new album that can be so beleaguering: sometimes it's the talking about it on the phone with strangers.
- Even a nun from a local convent declined the opportunity to voice support for her beleaguered religious superior.
- Other gifts have been received from far and wide, with heartfelt messages of support for the beleaguered farming community.
late 16th century: from Dutch belegeren 'camp round', from be- '(all) about' + leger 'a camp'.
More definitions of beleaguerDefinition of beleaguer in:
- The US English dictionary