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  Dictionary Definition of siege

siege
noun, verb, sieged, sieging.

-- noun
1. the operation of reducing and capturing a fortified place by surrounding it, cutting off supplies, undermining, bringing guns to bear, bombing, and other offensive operations.
2. any prolonged or persistent endeavour to overcome resistance.
3. Obsolete a seat.
4. Obsolete rank.
5. Obsolete a throne.
-- verb (t)
6. to lay siege to; besiege.
-- phrase
7. lay siege to, to besiege.
[ME, from OF sege, siege, from L sedere sit]