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besiegeverb [T often passive]

uk   /bɪˈsiːdʒ/ us   /bɪˈsiːdʒ/
to surround a place, especially with an army, to prevent people or supplies getting in or out: The town had been besieged for two months but still resisted the aggressors.
When someone is besieged, a lot of people surround them: When the pop star tried to leave her hotel, she was besieged by waiting journalists and fans.
to make many requests or complaints about something: After showing the controversial documentary, the channel was besieged with phone calls from angry viewers.
(Definition of besiege from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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besiegeverb [T]

us   /bɪˈsidʒ/
to surround a place, esp. with an army, to prevent people or supplies from getting in or out: fig. After the controversial show, the television network was besieged with complaints.
A person who is besieged is surrounded: Mick Jagger was besieged by fans at the airport.
(Definition of besiege from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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