Meaning of “siege” in the English Dictionary

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"siege" in British English

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siegenoun [ C or U ]

uk /siːdʒ/ us /siːdʒ/

the surrounding of a place by an armed force in order to defeat those defending it:

The siege of Mafeking lasted for eight months.
The soldiers laid siege to (= started a siege of) the city.
The castle was under siege for months.
figurative That whole weekend at Cannes, Brigitte Bardot was under siege by photographers.
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(Definition of “siege” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"siege" in American English

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siegenoun [ C/U ]

us /sidʒ/

the act of surrounding a place by an armed force in order to defeat those defending it:

[ C ] After a month-long siege, they gave themselves up to federal agents.
[ U ] The town was under siege.

(Definition of “siege” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)