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 for shrive
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shrive \Shrive\, v. t. [imp. Shrivedor Shrove; p. p.
     Shrivenor Shrived; p. pr. & vb. n. Shriving.] [OE.
     shriven, schriven, AS. scr[imac]van to shrive, to impose
     penance or punishment; akin to OFries. skr[imac]va to impose
     punishment; cf. OS. biskr[imac]ban to be troubled. Cf.
     Shrift, Shrovetide.]
     1. To hear or receive the confession of; to administer
        confession and absolution to; -- said of a priest as the
        agent.
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              That they should shrive their parishioners. --Piers
                                                    Plowman.
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              Doubtless he shrives this woman, . . .
              Else ne'er could he so long protract his speech.
                                                    --Shak.
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              Till my guilty soul be shriven.       --Longfellow.
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     2. To confess, and receive absolution; -- used reflexively.
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              Get you to the church and shrive yourself. --Beau. &
                                                    Fl.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shrive \Shrive\, v. i.
     To receive confessions, as a priest; to administer confession
     and absolution. --Spenser.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  shrive
      v 1: grant remission of a sin to; "The priest absolved him and
           told him to say ten Hail Mary's" [syn: shrive, absolve]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  41 Moby Thesaurus words for "shrive":
     absolve, acquit, administer absolution, administer extreme unction,
     amnesty, clear, confess, decontaminate, destigmatize, discharge,
     dismiss, dispense from, exculpate, excuse, exempt, exempt from,
     exonerate, forgive, free, give absolution, grant amnesty to,
     grant forgiveness, grant immunity, grant remission,
     hear confession, justify, let go, let off, make confession,
     nonpros, pardon, purge, quash the charge, receive absolution,
     release, remit, set free, spare, vindicate, whitewash,
     withdraw the charge
  
  

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