Definition of beleaguer in English:

beleaguer

verb

[WITH OBJECT]usually as adjective beleaguered
  • 1Lay siege to.

    ‘he led a relief force to the aid of the beleaguered city’
    • ‘Seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them.’
    • ‘For every useless mouth in a beleaguered place adds to the difficulties of the defenders and facilitates the task of the besiegers.’
    • ‘The fateful day dawned, and still the city was beleaguered on every side, while within its walls the Aztecs were dying of famine and plague.’
    besieged, under siege, blockaded, surrounded, encircled, hemmed in, under attack
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    1. 1.1 Put in a very difficult situation.
      ‘the board is supporting the beleaguered director’
      • ‘But many stresses that beleaguer us do not fall into these categories.’
      • ‘Did MacMahon even try to round up support for his beleaguered master?’
      • ‘This editorial does little to support a beleaguered profession and could cause much more serious damage.’
      • ‘‘The more beleaguered he feels, the more he will dig in his heels,’ said a government figure.’
      • ‘Even a nun from a local convent declined the opportunity to voice support for her beleaguered religious superior.’
      • ‘In that context, it's hard to see how a city takeover would benefit beleaguered students.’
      • ‘Look, I think doctors feel terribly beleaguered in general about medical negligence litigation.’
      • ‘Other gifts have been received from far and wide, with heartfelt messages of support for the beleaguered farming community.’
      • ‘May it also help our beleaguered security managers get some real support as the fall begins.’
      • ‘The first was to do some fact-finding, and the second was to lend some support to a beleaguered profession.’
      • ‘He is beleaguered, too, by the memories of his dead wife and his victims.’
      • ‘In this sense the film represents directly the severe repression of its beleaguered central character.’
      • ‘Later presidents tried to revive it to conjure up domestic support for their beleaguered policies.’
      • ‘With the institution of the family so beleaguered, it would be highly desirable for the reigning House to set an example.’
      • ‘More trouble in store for Andrew Neil at the sadly beleaguered Scotsman.’
      • ‘The other most important individual involved in any game is the referee - the most beleaguered of all sports people.’
      • ‘Not only will he not go, but any attempt to dislodge him would certainly cause trouble to erupt in that beleaguered state again.’
      • ‘But it isn't just the nuts and bolts of touring in support of a new album that can be so beleaguering: sometimes it's the talking about it on the phone with strangers.’
      • ‘I was just saying: look, you know, all those areas, you cannot have one person doing it, because they will get beleaguered by it.’
      • ‘The very time you should stick by your beleaguered spouse is when your loyalty can serve and support him.’
      hard-pressed, troubled, in difficulties, under pressure, under stress, with one's back to the wall, in a tight corner, in a tight spot
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Origin

Late 16th century: from Dutch belegeren ‘camp round’, from be- ‘(all) about’ + leger ‘a camp’.

Pronunciation

beleaguer

/bɪˈliːɡə/