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[bih-doo, -dyoo] /bɪˈdu, -ˈdyu/
verb (used with object)
to wet with or as if with dew.
Origin of bedew
1300-50; Middle English bydewen. See be-, dew Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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
  • This favor was granted him, and daily did he bedew his pillow with tears.

    The Miraculous Medal Jean Marie Aladel
  • 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.

  • She could only press the little boy to her heart and bedew his face with tears.

    Emmeline Charlotte Turner Smith
  • 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
  • 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
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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