[syn: besiege, beleaguer, surround, hem in, circumvent]
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):
v 1: annoy persistently; "The children teased the boy because of
his stammer" [syn: tease, badger, pester, bug,
2: surround so as to force to give up; "The Turks besieged
Vienna" [syn: besiege, beleaguer, surround, hem in,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
61 Moby Thesaurus words for "beleaguer":
annoy, bedevil, beset, besiege, blockade, bound, box in, cage,
chamber, close in, compass, contain, coop, coop in, coop up,
cordon, cordon off, corral, encircle, enclose, encompass, enshrine,
envelop, fence in, gnaw, harass, harry, hedge in, hem in, house in,
impound, imprison, incarcerate, include, invest, jail, kennel,
lay siege to, leaguer, mew, mew up, pen, pen in, pester, plague,
pocket, quarantine, rail in, shrine, shut in, shut up, siege,
soften up, stable, storm, surround, tease, wall in, wrap, yard,