from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To hear the confession of and give absolution to (a penitent).
- transitive v. To obtain absolution for (oneself) by confessing and doing penance.
- intransitive v. Archaic To make or go to confession.
- intransitive v. Archaic To hear confessions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To hear or receive a confession (of sins etc.)
- v. To prescribe penance or absolution.
- v. To confess, and receive absolution.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To hear or receive the confession of; to administer confession and absolution to; -- said of a priest as the agent.
- transitive v. To confess, and receive absolution; -- used reflexively.
- intransitive v. To receive confessions, as a priest; to administer confession and absolution.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To prescribe penance to for sin; impose penance on.
- To receive a confession from (a penitent) and grant absolution; hence, to receive an acknowledgment (of a fault) from, and pardon.
- To acknowledge a fault; confess to a priest and receive absolution: used reflexively.
- To receive a confession, impose the necessary penance, and grant absolution.
- To make confession.
- To prune (trees).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. grant remission of a sin to
Middle English schriven, from Old English scrīfan, from Latin scrībere, to write.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English scrīfan, from West Germanic *skrībanan, from Latin scrībō ("write"). More at scribe. (Wiktionary)