[ bih-doo, -dyoo ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. 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

Words Nearby bedew Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use bedew in a sentence

  • But then, most likely thou wilt pity Balder, And with a hot, a precious tear bedew him!

    The Death of Balder | Johannes Ewald
  • The thermometer registers a subnormal temperature, the extremities are cold, and cold sweats bedew the body.

    Diseases of the Horse's Foot | Harry Caulton Reeks
  • Here bore him barefac'd on his bier Six proper youths and tall, And many a tear bedew'd his grave Within yon kirk-yard wall.

  • O weep not, lady, weep not soe; Some ghostly comfort seek: Let not vain sorrow rive thy heart, Ne teares bedew thy cheek.

  • In this consecrated spot may memory come to embalm his name, and love bedew with her fondest tears the turf which wraps his clay.

British Dictionary definitions for bedew


/ (bɪˈdjuː) /

  1. (tr) to wet or cover with or as if with drops of dew

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