Definition of beleaguer in English:

beleaguer

Line breaks: be|lea¦guer
Pronunciation: /bɪˈliːgə
 
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verb

[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.
    Synonyms
  • 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.
    Synonyms
    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

Origin

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

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