beleaguering

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
be•lea•guer /bɪˈligɚ/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to surround and attack with military forces:The city was beleaguered for days by the enemy.
  2. to give trouble or difficulties to;
    harass: the beleaguered taxpayers.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
be•lea•guer  (bi lēgər),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to surround with military forces.
  2. to surround or beset, as with troubles.
be•leaguer•er, n. 
  • be- + leaguer1 1580–90
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . harass, pester, badger, bother, vex, annoy, plague, hector.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

beleaguer /bɪˈliːɡə/ vb (transitive)
  1. to trouble persistently; harass
  2. to lay siege to
Etymology: 16th Century: from be- + leaguer1



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