Bestrew meaning

bĭ-stro͝o
To strew (a surface) with things so as to cover it.

The crowd bestrewed the streets with confetti.

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To lie scattered over or about.

Books and papers bestrewed the desk.

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To cover over (a surface) with something; strew.
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To scatter (things) over or about a surface.
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To lie scattered over or about (a surface)

Papers bestrewed the streets.

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To strew or scatter about; throw or drop here and there.
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To strew anything upon; strew over or about; cover or partially cover with things strewn; cover with straw or strewing.
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Origin of bestrew

  • Middle English bistrewen from Old English bestrēowian be- be- strēowian to strew strew

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English bistrewen, from Old English bestrēowian (“to bestrew, besprinkle”), equivalent to be- +‎ strew. Cognate with Dutch bestrooien (“to sprinkle, bestrew”), German bestreuen (“to sprinkle, cover”), Swedish beströ (“to strew, sprinkle, scatter”).

    From Wiktionary