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siege

 
 
pronunciation:
sij
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
phrases:
lay siege to
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a military maneuver in which a fortification, such as a city or a fort, is surrounded, subjected to attack, and cut off from supplies or reinforcements in order to bring about complete surrender.
Many were killed in the siege of the fort.The siege of Leningrad by Nazi Germany began in 1941 and ended in 1944.
similar words:
blockade
definition 2: a prolonged bout, as of illness or difficulty.
He succumbed to typhoid fever, and the siege lasted for three weeks before he began to recover.
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: sieges, sieging, sieged
definition: lay siege to; besiege.
similar words:
beset, besiege, blockade, lay siege to
phrase: lay siege to
derivation: siegeable (adj.)
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