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beleaguer (v.)

1580s, "besiege, surround, blockade," literal and figurative, from Dutch or Low German belegeren "to besiege," from be- "around" (from Proto-Germanic *bi- "around, about;" see by) + legeren "to camp," from leger "bed, camp, army, lair," from Proto-Germanic *legraz-, from PIE *legh-ro-, suffixed form of root *legh- "to lie down, lay." A word from the Flemish Wars (cognates: Swedish belägra, Dutch belegeren "besiege," German Belagerung "siege"). Spelling influenced by league. Related: Beleaguered; beleaguering.

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Definitions of beleaguer from WordNet

beleaguer (v.)
annoy persistently;
Synonyms: tease / badger / pester / bug
beleaguer (v.)
surround so as to force to give up;
Synonyms: besiege / surround / hem in / circumvent
From wordnet.princeton.edu