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husband

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noun hus·band \ˈhəz-bənd\

Definition of husband

  1. 1 :  a male partner in a marriage her husband of forty years

  2. 2 British :  the manager of another's property :  steward

  3. 3 :  a frugal manager speaks his whole mind gaily, and is not the cautious husband of a part — W. B. Yeats

husbandly

adjective

Examples of husband in a Sentence

  1. Have you met her husband?

  2. she and her husband just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary

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Origin and Etymology of husband

Middle English husbonde, from Old English hūsbonda master of a house, from Old Norse hūsbōndi, from hūs house + bōndi householder; akin to Old Norse būa to inhabit; akin to Old English būan to dwell — more at bower


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husband

verb hus·band

Definition of husband

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to manage prudently and economically a country that has husbanded its resources wellb :  to use sparingly :  conserve must husband one's strength

  3. 2 archaic :  to find a husband for :  mate

husbander

noun

Examples of husband in a Sentence

  1. The country has husbanded its resources well.

  2. husband our natural resources so that our children and grandchildren may benefit from them

Origin and Etymology of husband

see 1husband



HUSBAND Defined for English Language Learners

husband

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noun

Definition of husband for English Language Learners

  • : a married man : the man someone is married to

husband

verb

Definition of husband for English Language Learners

  • : to carefully use or manage (something, such as a resource)


HUSBAND Defined for Kids

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husband

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noun hus·band \ˈhəz-bənd\

Definition of husband for Students

  1. :  a male partner in a marriage


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husband

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verb hus·band

Definition of husband for Students

husbanded

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husbanding

  1. :  to manage with thrift :  use carefully I've learned to husband my money.



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