be·​strew | \ bi-ˈstrü How to pronounce bestrew (audio) , bē- \
bestrewed; bestrewed or bestrewn\ bi-​ˈstrün How to pronounce bestrewn (audio) , bē-​ \; bestrewing

Definition of bestrew

transitive verb

1 : strew
2 : to lie scattered over

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Examples of bestrew in a Sentence

the flower girl delightedly bestrewed the aisle with rose petals
Recent Examples on the Web Home to more than 230 species of plants and a balanced assortment of insects—bees prominent among them—the garden is bestrewn with colorful placards educating summer strollers as to the wonders of pollination and the tiny creatures responsible. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "How to Protect Your Local Pollinators in Ten Easy Ways," 17 May 2018 Why, Daedalus wondered, are the world’s cities bestrewed with graffiti even though scientists, years ago, had perfected the porcelain enamel surfaces that make self-cleaning ovens possible? Sam Roberts, New York Times, "David E.H. Jones, Scientist Whose Alter Ego Challenged Conventions, Dies at 79," 30 July 2017

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First Known Use of bestrew

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bestrew.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bestrew

: to cover (a surface) with something

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a feeling of well-being or elation

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