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beleaguer

be·lea·guer

beleaguer

 
pronunciation:
b li gr
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: beleaguered, beleaguering, beleaguers
definition 1: to lay siege to by surrounding with troops; besiege.
The general beleaguered the city, and within days it fell.
similar words:
beset, besiege
definition 2: to beset with hardships or difficulties.
The bombing of the city beleaguered the citizens for months.Beleaguered by problems at work, he had little time for his family.
synonyms:
harass
similar words:
beset, besiege, torment
derivation: beleaguerer (n.)