1. [syn: siege, besieging, beleaguering, military blockade]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Beleaguer \Be*lea"guer\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Beleaguered; p.
pr. & vb. n. Beleaguering.] [D. belegeren (akin to G.
belagern, Sw. bel[aum]gra, Dan. beleire); pref. be- = E. be-
+ leger bed, camp, army, akin to E. lair. See Lair.]
To surround with an army so as to preclude escape; to
besiege; to blockade.
The wail of famine in beleaguered towns. --Longfellow.
Syn: To block up; environ; invest; encompass.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the action of an armed force that surrounds a fortified
place and isolates it while continuing to attack [syn:
siege, besieging, beleaguering, military blockade]