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- (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.