Definition of strew verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    strew

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//struː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//struː//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they strew
    BrE BrE//struː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//struː//
     
    he / she / it strews
    BrE BrE//struːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//struːz//
     
    past simple strewed
    BrE BrE//struːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//struːd//
     
    past participle strewed
    BrE BrE//struːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//struːd//
     
    past participle strewn
    BrE BrE//struːn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//struːn//
     
    -ing form strewing
    BrE BrE//ˈstruːɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstruːɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[usually passive] to cover a surface with things synonym scatter strew A on, over, across, etc. B Clothes were strewn across the floor. He put the bag on the ground and strewed some dead leaves over it. strew B with A The floor was strewn with clothes. The streets were strewn with corpses. (figurative) The way ahead is strewn with difficulties.
  2. 2strew something to be spread or lying over a surface Leaves strewed the path.
  3. Word Origin Old English stre(o)wian, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch strooien, German streuen, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin sternere ‘lay flat’.
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