from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To harass; beset: We are beleaguered by problems.
- transitive v. To surround with troops; besiege. See Synonyms at besiege.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To besiege; to surround with troops.
- v. To vex, harass, or beset.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To surround with an army so as to preclude escape; to besiege; to blockade.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To besiege; surround with an army so as to preclude escape; blockade.
- Synonyms To invest, lay siege to, beset.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. annoy persistently
- v. surround so as to force to give up
Probably Dutch belegeren : be-, around (from Middle Dutch bie; see ambhi in Indo-European roots) + leger, camp; see legh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch belegeren, equivalent to English be- + lair. (Wiktionary)