strew

verb
\ ˈstrü How to pronounce strew (audio) \
strewed; strewed or strewn\ ˈstrün How to pronounce strewn (audio) \; strewing

Definition of strew

transitive verb

1 : to spread by scattering
2 : to cover by or as if by scattering something strewing the highways with litter
3 : to become dispersed over as if scattered
4 : to spread abroad : disseminate

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Examples of strew in a Sentence

She strewed the birdseed on the ground. sidewalks strewed with trash left by the parade watchers
Recent Examples on the Web But marbling is only the first step of the process: Once the paper is dry, Schneider applies it to lampshades, boxes, switchplates, and more, finishing it with a metallic rim, traces of which are strewn around the Shandell's workshop. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Inside a Tiny Massachusetts Workshop Making Gorgeous Marbleized Accessories," 27 Feb. 2020 In one photo, a mattress sits on the floor and orange bedsheets are strewn around the room. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Photos of Jeffrey Epstein's cell and a noose made out of a bedsheet published by '60 Minutes'," 6 Jan. 2020 Other agents walk in, stepping on silver blankets strewn around the cell. Robert Moore, ProPublica, "Inside the Cell Where a Sick 16-Year-Old Boy Died in Border Patrol Care," 8 Dec. 2019 Investigators collected a multitude of shell casings strewn around the parking lot as the worked to identify the caliber and description of the guns used in the killing. Evan Sernoffsky, SFChronicle.com, "Video shows barrage of gunfire that killed boys in Union City school parking lot," 25 Nov. 2019 After arriving home that afternoon, the Googler got in his Subaru Impreza to hunt for any remnants strewn around the streets of his Potrero Hill neighborhood. Lauren Smiley, The Atlantic, "The Porch Pirate of Potrero Hill Can’t Believe It Came to This," 1 Nov. 2019 The dive team also saw crew members’ boots strewn around both the bow and the stern sections on the seabed. Fox News, "Last US warship sunk by German sub during WWII reveals its secrets in eerie images from seabed," 19 Sep. 2019 Officers got to the office three minutes later and found broken glass strewn around the front door and a lot of empty display cases. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sorrento Valley optometry shop hit by thieves," 16 Aug. 2019 This little relaxation station is Li’s nod to the nap pods and play areas strewn around Google campuses. Matt Sheehan, WIRED, "WFH: Chinese Engineers Abroad Come Back," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of strew

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

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of strew was before the 12th century

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2 Jun 2020

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“Strew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strew. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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strew

verb
How to pronounce strew (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of strew

: to spread or scatter things over or on the ground or some other surface
literary : to lie on or cover (something)

strew

verb
\ ˈstrü How to pronounce strew (audio) \
strewed; strewed or strewn\ ˈstrün \; strewing

Kids Definition of strew

1 : scatter sense 1 … his house and yard were disgracefully dirty with rusty tin cans strewn about …— Eleanor Estes, The Hundred Dresses
2 : to spread by scattering I strewed crumbs for the birds.
3 : to cover by or as if by scattering something Drivers strewed the highway with litter.

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