Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb besiege

3 senses of besiege

Sense 1
besiege, beleaguer, surround, hem in, circumvent -- (surround so as to force to give up; "The Turks besieged Vienna")
       => attack, assail -- (launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with; "Hitler attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 and started World War II"; "Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns all week")

Sense 2
besiege -- (cause to feel distressed or worried; "She was besieged by so many problems that she got discouraged")
       => distress -- (cause mental pain to; "The news of her child's illness distressed the mother")

Sense 3
besiege -- (harass, as with questions or requests; "The press photographers besieged the movie star")
       => importune, insist -- (beg persistently and urgently; "I importune you to help them")

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