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[bih-doo, -dyoo] /bɪˈdu, -ˈdyu/
verb (used with object)
to wet with or as if with dew.
Origin of bedew
First recorded in 1300-50, bedew is from the Middle English word bydewen. See be-, dew Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There are bosoms on which so many tears have been shed that I cannot bedew them with mine.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • You cannot kill me while I cling to you thus—while I kiss your hands—while I bedew them with my tears.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • This favor was granted him, and daily did he bedew his pillow with tears.

    The Miraculous Medal Jean Marie Aladel
  • She could only press the little boy to her heart and bedew his face with tears.


    Charlotte Turner Smith
  • Should I not bedew with my tears the graves of my sister and her children?

    Wieland; or The Transformation Charles Brockden Brown
  • Come down to me––that I may bedew with tears of gratitude your bones!

    Santa F's Partner Thomas A. Janvier
  • On the mild, westerly airs came tenderness to bedew the hearts of men war-weary.

    The Ruinous Face Maurice Hewlett
  • bedew my cheeks with the froth of good ale on your beard while my throat lacks the good body o't!

    The Panchronicon Harold Steele Mackaye
  • If I had a boy whose hair wouldnt part in the middle, I should bedew that hair with a parents tear, and then giv up the boy.

British Dictionary definitions for bedew


(transitive) to wet or cover with or as if with drops of dew
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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