bestrew


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be·strew

 (bĭ-stro͞o′)
tr.v. be·strewed, be·strewed or be·strewn (-stro͞on′), be·strew·ing, be·strews
1. To strew (a surface) with things so as to cover it: The crowd bestrewed the streets with confetti.
2. To lie scattered over or about: Books and papers bestrewed the desk.

[Middle English bistrewen, from Old English bestrēowian : be-, be- + strēowian, to strew; see strew.]

bestrew

(bɪˈstruː)
vb, -strews, -strewing, -strewed, -strewn or -strewed
(tr) to scatter or lie scattered over (a surface)

be•strew

(bɪˈstru)

v.t. -strewed, -strewed -strewn, -strew•ing.
1. to strew.
2. to lie scattered over.
[before 1000]

bestrew


Past participle: bestrewed/bestrewn
Gerund: bestrewing

Imperative
bestrew
bestrew
Present
I bestrew
you bestrew
he/she/it bestrews
we bestrew
you bestrew
they bestrew
Preterite
I bestrewed
you bestrewed
he/she/it bestrewed
we bestrewed
you bestrewed
they bestrewed
Present Continuous
I am bestrewing
you are bestrewing
he/she/it is bestrewing
we are bestrewing
you are bestrewing
they are bestrewing
Present Perfect
I have bestrewed/bestrewn
you have bestrewed/bestrewn
he/she/it has bestrewed/bestrewn
we have bestrewed/bestrewn
you have bestrewed/bestrewn
they have bestrewed/bestrewn
Past Continuous
I was bestrewing
you were bestrewing
he/she/it was bestrewing
we were bestrewing
you were bestrewing
they were bestrewing
Past Perfect
I had bestrewed/bestrewn
you had bestrewed/bestrewn
he/she/it had bestrewed/bestrewn
we had bestrewed/bestrewn
you had bestrewed/bestrewn
they had bestrewed/bestrewn
Future
I will bestrew
you will bestrew
he/she/it will bestrew
we will bestrew
you will bestrew
they will bestrew
Future Perfect
I will have bestrewed/bestrewn
you will have bestrewed/bestrewn
he/she/it will have bestrewed/bestrewn
we will have bestrewed/bestrewn
you will have bestrewed/bestrewn
they will have bestrewed/bestrewn
Future Continuous
I will be bestrewing
you will be bestrewing
he/she/it will be bestrewing
we will be bestrewing
you will be bestrewing
they will be bestrewing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bestrewing
you have been bestrewing
he/she/it has been bestrewing
we have been bestrewing
you have been bestrewing
they have been bestrewing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bestrewing
you will have been bestrewing
he/she/it will have been bestrewing
we will have been bestrewing
you will have been bestrewing
they will have been bestrewing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bestrewing
you had been bestrewing
he/she/it had been bestrewing
we had been bestrewing
you had been bestrewing
they had been bestrewing
Conditional
I would bestrew
you would bestrew
he/she/it would bestrew
we would bestrew
you would bestrew
they would bestrew
Past Conditional
I would have bestrewed/bestrewn
you would have bestrewed/bestrewn
he/she/it would have bestrewed/bestrewn
we would have bestrewed/bestrewn
you would have bestrewed/bestrewn
they would have bestrewed/bestrewn
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.bestrew - cover by strewingbestrew - cover by strewing      
strew, straw - spread by scattering ("straw" is archaic); "strew toys all over the carpet"
Translations

bestrew

[bɪˈstruː] (bestrewed (pt) (bestrewed or bestrewn (pp))) VT (liter) [+ things] → desparramar, esparcir; [+ surface] → sembrar, cubrir (with de)
References in classic literature ?
The leaves might bestrew him, and the soil gradually accumulate and form a little hillock over his frame, no matter whether there were life in it or no.
Sinbad came ashore there and had manifold adventures, and numberless wrecks bestrewed the sands.
The dawn had come quite, clear; we could see the stony sides of the valley, and its bottom, which was bestrewed with rocks, and the river, which went from one side to another, and made white falls; but nowhere the smoke of a house, nor any living creature but some eagles screaming round a cliff.
Sometimes, as the road was cut through the pine woods that seemed in the darkness to be closing down upon us, great masses of greyness which here and there bestrewed the trees, produced a peculiarly weird and solemn effect, which carried on the thoughts and grim fancies engendered earlier in the evening, when the falling sunset threw into strange relief the ghost-like clouds which amongst the Carpathians seem to wind ceaselessly through the valleys.