strew

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verb \ˈstrü\

Definition of strew

strewed

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strewed

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strewn

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strewing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to spread by scattering

  3. 2 :  to cover by or as if by scattering something <strewing the highways with litter>

  4. 3 :  to become dispersed over as if scattered

  5. 4 :  to spread abroad :  disseminate

Examples of strew in a sentence

  1. She strewed the birdseed on the ground.

  2. <sidewalks strewed with trash left by the parade watchers>

Origin and Etymology of strew

Middle English strewen, strowen, from Old English strewian, strēowian; akin to Old High German strewen to strew, Latin struere to heap up, sternere to spread out, Greek stornynai


First Known Use: before 12th century


STREW Defined for English Language Learners

strew

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verb \ˈstrü\

Definition of strew for English Language Learners

  • : to spread or scatter things over or on the ground or some other surface

  • : to lie on or cover (something)


STREW Defined for Kids

strew

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verb \ˈstrü\

Definition of strew for Students

strewed

strewed

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strewn

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strewing

  1. 1 :  scatter 1 <… his house and yard were disgracefully dirty with rusty tin cans strewn about … — Eleanor Estes, The Hundred Dresses>

  2. 2 :  to spread by scattering <I strewed crumbs for the birds.>

  3. 3 :  to cover by or as if by scattering something <Drivers strewed the highway with litter.>



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