bedew

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English bidewen, bideawen; equivalent to be- +‎ dew. Cognate with Dutch bedauwen (to bedew), German betauen (to bedew).

Verb[edit]

bedew (third-person singular simple present bedews, present participle bedewing, simple past and past participle bedewed)

  1. (transitive) To make wet with or as if with dew.
    • a. 1701, John Dryden, “The Epithalamium of Helen and Menelaus. From the 18th Idyllium of Theocritus.”, in The Miscellaneous Works of John Dryden, [], volume II, London: [] J[acob] and R[ichard] Tonson, [], published 1760, OCLC 863244003, page 412:
      Balm, from a ſilver-box diſtill'd around, / Shall all bedew the roots, and ſcent the ſacred ground.
    • 1885, Gilbert & Sullivan, The Mikado:
      While sympathetic tears
      My cheeks bedew
    • 1836, Eliza Cook, "The Old Armchair"
      I LOVE it, I love it ; and who shall dare
      To chide me for loving that old Arm-chair ?
      I've treasured it long as a sainted prize ;
      I've bedewed it with tears, and embalmed it with sighs.
    • 1831, Mary Shelley, Frankenstein:
      Soft tears again bedewed my cheeks, and I even raised my humid eyes with thankfulness towards the blessed sun which bestowed such joy upon me.

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