beleaguer
[ bih-lee-ger ]
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Part of Speech verb
Origin + Etymology
late-16th century; Dutch from belegeren "camp round," from be- "(all) about" + leger "a camp"
Synonyms
    1.
  • annoy bedevil badger vex
    2.
  • besiege blockade storm
Antonyms
    1.
  • help soothe
    2.
  • aid
Definition
1. to surround or beset, as with troubles
2. to surround with military forces
Examples
1. A) I hate to beleaguer your day with more problems, but the car is filled with turtles. B) If he catches you in conversation, he'll beleaguer you with complaints about his day.
2. A) All we need is a five-minute distraction to beleaguer their corps and win the day. B) Taking the hill might give us the high ground, but it gives them the chance to beleaguer us.
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