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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Assege, v. Also: asseg, asseige, assiege, assige, asseage, asseadge, assaige. [ME. asege (c 1300), assege, etc., OF. asegier (mod.F. assiéger).] tr. To besiege.1375 Barb. v. 417 (the casteill suld haue beyn assegit); etc. a1400 Leg. S. vii. 292 (for till assege townys sere). c1420 Wynt. ii. 1566 (quhen the Grekys assegeand wes the town off Troy); viii. 4569 (till assege Kyldrwmy); etc. 1456 Hay I. 118/30 (gif othir fyfty come to assege thame). 1528 Douglas Corr. 133 (assege my houssis). 1561 Crim. Trials I. i. 410 (assegeand the Provest and Bailleis in the tolbuyth). 1572-5 Diurn. Occurr. 124 (to assaige the castell of Dunbar). 1591 Antiq. Aberd. & B. IV. 53 (to assege the said castell). 1614 Melrose P. 595 (to asseage and batter the house of Duniveg). 1674 Highland P. I. 273 (to persue and assege the said strengths).fig. 1581 Edinb. Test. IX. 66 (being assigit with dangerus temptaciones).

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