beweep

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English bewepen, biwepen, from Old English bewēpan (to weep over, mourn, bewail), from Proto-Germanic *biwōpijaną (to weep over), equivalent to be- +‎ weep. Cognate with Old Frisian biwēpa (to beweep), Old Saxon biwōpian (to beweep). More at be-, weep.

Verb[edit]

beweep (third-person singular simple present beweeps, present participle beweeping, simple past and past participle bewept)

  1. (transitive) To weep over; weep for; weep about; deplore; lament.
    • Drayton
      His timeless death beweeping.
  2. (transitive) To bewet with tears, or as with tears.
  3. (intransitive) To weep.

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