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verb (used with object), censed, censing.
  1. to burn incense near or in front of; perfume with incense.
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Origin of cense

1300–50; Middle English, aphetic variant of incense1
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British Dictionary definitions for cense


  1. (tr) to burn incense near or before (an altar, shrine, etc)
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French encenser; see incense 1
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Word Origin and History for cense


"to perfume with burning incense," late 14c., a shortened form of incense. Related: Censed; censing.

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