Pronunciation: (shrīv), [key]
—v., shrove or shrived, shriv•en or shrived, shriv•ing.
1. to impose penance on (a sinner).
2. to grant absolution to (a penitent).
3. to hear the confession of (a person).
1. to hear confessions.
2. to go to or make confession; confess one's sins, as to a priest.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.