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Sep 4, 2015
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beleaguer

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beleaguer

PRONUNCIATION:
(bi-LEE-guhr)

MEANING:
verb tr.:
1. To surround with troops.
2. To beset with difficulties.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Dutch belegeren (to camp around), from be- (around) + leger (camp). Ultimately from the Indo-European root legh- (to lie or lay), which also gave us lie, lay, lair, fellow, and laager. Earliest documented use: 1589.

USAGE:
“Underlying tensions and unresolved issues continue to beleaguer the Blue Line area.”
In Lebanon, UN Official Urges ‘Calm, Restraint’ Along Blue Line; Asia News Monitor (Bangkok, Thailand); Feb 19, 2015.

See more usage examples of beleaguer in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The rightness of a thing isn't determined by the amount of courage it takes. -Mary Renault, novelist (4 Sep 1905-1983)

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