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From Middle English besowen, bisawen, from Old English besāwan (to sow, sow about), equivalent to be- +‎ sow. Cognate with Middle High German besǣjen (to besow).


besow (third-person singular simple present besows, present participle besowing, simple past and past participle besowed)

  1. (transitive) To sow; sow all around or about; scatter; disperse; plant.
    • 1898, International Association of Factory Inspectors, Annual convention of the International Association of Factory Inspectors:
      [...] is to miss for him all the advantage our civilization is prepared to besow upon his childhood.