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siegenoun [C or U]

uk   us   /siːdʒ/
the ​surrounding of a ​place by an ​armedforce 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 ​wholeweekend 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)

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siegenoun [C/U]

 us   /sidʒ/
the ​act of ​surrounding a ​place by an ​armedforce in ​order to ​defeat those ​defending it: [C] After a month-long siege, they gave themselves up to ​federalagents. [U] The ​town was under siege.
(Definition of siege from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “siege”
in Spanish cerco, sitio…
in Vietnamese sự vây hãm…
in Malaysian pengepungan…
in Thai การโอบล้อม…
in French siège…
in German die Belagerung…
in Chinese (Simplified) 围攻, 包围…
in Turkish kuşatma, muhasara…
in Russian осада…
in Indonesian pengepungan…
in Chinese (Traditional) 圍攻, 包圍…
in Polish oblężenie…
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