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“besiege” in British English

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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)

“besiege” in American English

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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)