“Besiege” uses the first meaning of “be-“, to surround physically.  Surround the enemy, block the flow of food in to them, and wait for surrender.

  • 15.058 I declare the Mountain besieged.
  • 15.059 and being besieged inside it was not at all to his taste.
  • 17.034 so that the besiegers
  • 17.038 of the besiegers

“besiege, v.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, March 2015. Web. 7 May 2015.

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