Definition of beleaguer in English:


Line breaks: be|lea¦guer
Pronunciation: /bɪˈliːɡə


[with object] (usually as adjective beleaguered)
1Lay siege to: he led a relief force to the aid of the beleaguered city
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  • 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 director
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  • 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.
hard-pressed, troubled, in difficulties, under pressure, under stress, with one's back to the wall, in a tight corner, in a tight spot
informal up against it
British informal under the cosh


late 16th century: from Dutch belegeren 'camp round', from be- '(all) about' + leger 'a camp'.

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