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Besiege Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    besiege v
  1. surround so as to force to give up; "The Turks besieged Vienna" [syn: beleaguer, surround, hem in, circumvent]
  2. cause to feel distressed or worried; "She was besieged by so many problems that she got discouraged"
  3. harass, as with questions or requests; "The press photographers besieged the movie star"
Besiege Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Besiege \Be*siege"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Besieged; p. pr. & vb. n. Besieging.] [OE. bisegen; pref. be- + segen to siege. See Siege.] To beset or surround with armed forces, for the purpose of compelling to surrender; to lay siege to; to beleaguer; to beset. Till Paris was besieged, famished, and lost. --Shak. Syn: To environ; hem in; invest; encompass.
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Military history

A siege is a military blockade of a city or fortress with the intent of conquering by attrition or assault. The term derives from sedere, Latin for "to sit". Generally speaking, siege warfare is a form of constant, low intensity conflict characterized by one party holding a strong, static defensive position. Consequently, an opportunity for negotiation between combatants is not uncommon, as proximity and fluctuating advantage can encourage diplomacy.

A siege occurs when an attacker encounters a city or fortress that cannot be easily taken by a coup de main and refuses to surrender. Sieges involve surrounding the target and blocking the reinforcement or escape of troops or provision of supplies (a tactic known as "investment"), typically coupled with attempts to reduce the fortifications by means of siege engines, artillery bombardment, mining (also known as sapping), or the use of deception or treachery to bypass defenses. Failing a military outcome, sieges can often be decided by starvation, thirst or disease, which can afflict either the attacker or defender.

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  • Syrian army advances to besiege Aleppo city
    Damascus, July 8 (IANS) The Syrian army is working to fully besiege the rebel-held areas in the northwestern city of Aleppo, as part of the ongoing military operation against the rebel groups there, a senior military source said Tuesday. "The military operations are ongoing to complete the siege on Aleppo and the army is dealing with terrorists' positions Read more on this news related to 'Besiege'
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    The Syrian army continued to besiege rebel-held areas in northwestern Aleppo on Tuesday amid fears that Syria’s largest city will follow Homs and be completely recaptured by government troops. Read more on this news related to 'Besiege'
  • Ukraine military moves to besiege separatist-held Donetsk, Luhansk
    The Ukrainian military says it aims to besiege the separatist-held cities of Donetsk and Luhansk to force capitulation. “The strategic plan of President Petro Poroshenko calls for a total... Read more on this news related to 'Besiege'

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