A. with verbs, meaning
1.. ‘around, on all sides’, ‘to and fro, in all ways’, as beset, besmear, bestrew (mod. Eng. are bedaub, besmirch);
2.. ‘thoroughly, extremely’, as beseech (early ME.);
3.. ‘off, away’, as behead;
4.. ‘about, over’ (lit. and fig.), as OE. beġēotan sprinkle, bethink;
B. with sbs. and adjs. ‘so as to make what is expressed by them’, as becalm (XVI), befoul (XIV);
C. with sbs. ‘surround or envelop with’, ‘affect with’, as befog (XVII), benight (XVI);
D. with ppl. adjs., often combining uses A (2) and C, as bedabbled, bemused (both mod. Eng.).
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