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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Gild \Gild\ (g[i^]ld), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gilded or Gilt (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Gilding.] [AS. gyldan, from gold gold. [root]234. See Gold.] 1. To overlay with a thin covering of gold; to cover with a golden color; to cause to look like gold. "Gilded chariots." --Pope. [1913 Webster] No more the rising sun shall gild the morn. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. To make attractive; to adorn; to brighten. [1913 Webster] Let oft good humor, mild and gay, Gild the calm evening of your day. --Trumbull. [1913 Webster] 3. To give a fair but deceptive outward appearance to; to embellish; as, to gild a lie. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. To make red with drinking. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] This grand liquior that hath gilded them. --Shak. [1913 Webster]