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besiege (verb) surround with armed forces (an enemy fort, town, building, etc.); surround in large numbers (a person); have too many questions and letters to answer.

To besiege is to lay a seige to a fort, city, etc.. That is, to surround with armed forces, an enemy fort or city or a building, until the enemy within allows in the attacking forces. To surround in large numbers a person of some importance or notoriety is to besiege them. If admirers in large numbers surround a person, the person is besieged by their admirers. If a criminal escorted by police is surrounded by a large number of curious onlookers, the criminal is besieged. If a person or an organization receives too large a number of letters to respond to, then the person or the organization is besieged with letters.

  • Passage into and out of the stock exchange building was barred completely, as terrorists had besieged it and threatened to blow it up, if some of the prisoners were not released.
  • Press reporters and fans besieged the pop singer as she emerged out of the hall after her performance. The police had to escort her to her car.
  • There is so much demand for the job advertised in the papers that within hours after the advertisement, the office was besieged with applications.
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