Definition of beleaguer in English:

beleaguer

verb

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

    ‘he led a relief force to the aid of the beleaguered city’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them.’
    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’
      • ‘Did MacMahon even try to round up support for his beleaguered master?’
      • ‘The very time you should stick by your beleaguered spouse is when your loyalty can serve and support him.’
      • ‘‘The more beleaguered he feels, the more he will dig in his heels,’ said a government figure.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In this sense the film represents directly the severe repression of its beleaguered central character.’
      • ‘Look, I think doctors feel terribly beleaguered in general about medical negligence litigation.’
      • ‘With the institution of the family so beleaguered, it would be highly desirable for the reigning House to set an example.’
      • ‘Later presidents tried to revive it to conjure up domestic support for their beleaguered policies.’
      • ‘May it also help our beleaguered security managers get some real support as the fall begins.’
      • ‘But many stresses that beleaguer us do not fall into these categories.’
      • ‘The other most important individual involved in any game is the referee - the most beleaguered of all sports people.’
      • ‘More trouble in store for Andrew Neil at the sadly beleaguered Scotsman.’
      • ‘I was just saying: look, you know, all those areas, you cannot have one person doing it, because they will get beleaguered by it.’
      • ‘Even a nun from a local convent declined the opportunity to voice support for her beleaguered religious superior.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Other gifts have been received from far and wide, with heartfelt messages of support for the beleaguered farming community.’
      • ‘This editorial does little to support a beleaguered profession and could cause much more serious damage.’
      • ‘Not only will he not go, but any attempt to dislodge him would certainly cause trouble to erupt in that beleaguered state again.’
      • ‘In that context, it's hard to see how a city takeover would benefit beleaguered students.’
      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/