Definition of bestrew in English:


Line breaks: be|strew
Pronunciation: /bɪˈstruː

verb (past participle bestrewed or bestrewn /-ˈstruːn/)

[with object] literary
1Cover or partly cover (a surface) with scattered objects: the court was all bestrewn with herbs
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  • Most of the properties were closed up, the lawns pristine. Only a few looked inhabited - lawns bestrewn with gadgets, excavations begun with small bulldozers and abandoned.
  • My guess is that the crossing he superintends at Trafalgar Square is not all that bestrewn with muck, and although by no means wholesome is no more filthy than the same streets today at the end of a busy week-day.
  • ‘We read’, he says, in the books both in the Old Law and in the New that the men who repented of their sins bestrewed themselves with ashes and clothed their bodies with sackcloth.
1.1(Of objects) lie scattered over (a surface): to sweep away the sand and rubbish which bestrewed the floor
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  • Slowly entering the cottage, Dimitri found Reana kneeling next to the cadaver of the old man, which lay bestrewn upon the floor.


Old English bestrēowian (see be-, strew).

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