- to burn incense near or in front of; perfume with incense.
Origin of cense
1300–50; Middle English, aphetic variant of incense1
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- (tr) to burn incense near or before (an altar, shrine, etc)
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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