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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. A past tense of shrive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past of shrive.
  • v. To join in the festivities of Shrovetide.
  • v. To make merry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. of shrive.
  • intransitive v. To join in the festivities of Shrovetide; hence, to make merry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To take part in the festivities of Shrovetide; hence, in general, to make merry.
  • Preterit of shrive.
  • n. Shrift; shriving: used only in composition, or in such phrases as Shrove Tuesday. See shrift and shriving.

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