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Definitions for beleaguer
bɪˈli gərbe·lea·guer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tease, badger, pester, bug, beleaguerverb

    annoy persistently

    "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"

  2. besiege, beleaguer, surround, hem in, circumventverb

    surround so as to force to give up

    "The Turks besieged Vienna"


  1. beleaguerverb

    To besiege; to surround with troops.

  2. beleaguerverb

    To vex, harass, or beset.

  3. Etymology: From belegeren.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To BELEAGUERverb

    To besiege; to block up a place; to lie before a town.

    Etymology: beleggeren, Dutch.

    Their business, which they carry on, is the general concernment of the Trojan camp, then beleaguer’d by Turnus and the Latins. John Dryden, Dufresnoy, Preface.

    Against beleaguer’d heav’n the giants move:
    Hills pil’d on hills, on mountains mountains lie,
    To make their mad approaches to the sky. John Dryden, Ovid.


  1. beleaguer

    To beleaguer means to surround, harass, or beseege in order to force a surrender. This can be used in both a literal sense, such as an enemy force surrounding a city, and in a figurative sense, such as problems or difficulties constantly troubling someone.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beleaguerverb

    to surround with an army so as to preclude escape; to besiege; to blockade

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Beleaguer

    be-lēg′ėr, v.t. to lay siege to.—n. Beleag′uerment. [Dut. belegeren, to besiege—be, and leger, camp. See Leaguer.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. beleaguer

    To invest or closely surround an enemy's post, in such manner as to prevent all relief or communication.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. beleaguer

    To invest a town or fortress, so as to preclude escape; to besiege; to blockade.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of beleaguer in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of beleaguer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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