husband

noun
hus·​band | \ ˈhəz-bənd How to pronounce husband (audio) \

Definition of husband

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a male partner in a marriage her husband of forty years
2 British : the manager of another's property : steward
3 : a frugal manager speaks his whole mind gaily, and is not the cautious husband of a part— W. B. Yeats

husband

verb
husbanded; husbanding; husbands

Definition of husband (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to manage prudently and economically a country that has husbanded its resources well
b : to use sparingly : conserve must husband one's strength
2 archaic : to find a husband for : mate

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Other Words from husband

Noun

husbandly adjective

Verb

husbander noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for husband

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of husband in a Sentence

Noun Have you met her husband? she and her husband just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Verb The country has husbanded its resources well. husband our natural resources so that our children and grandchildren may benefit from them
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At the very same time that her husband, Sean (Toby Kebbell), finally accepted the possibility that their son had miraculously been returned to them, the infant was snatched away again, leaving the doll in his place. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Servant creator talks season 1 finale revelation, teases season 2," 18 Jan. 2020 York County detectives said Lana Clayton admitted to giving her husband Steven Clayton drinks laced with Visine. CBS News, "Woman gets 25 years in prison for poisoning husband with eye drops: "I never thought it would kill him"," 17 Jan. 2020 On the season premiere, Kristen Bell and her husband Dax Shepard will go head-to-head in the Battle of the Sexes, a series of games designed to find out how men and women’s brains differ. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Kristen Bell Freaks Out as Famous Mentalist Guesses Name of Her First Crush on Brain Games," 17 Jan. 2020 Swank and her husband at the time, Lowe, purchased the townhouse for $3.9 million in 2002, according to the New York Post. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "Hillary Swank and Chad Lowe’s Former West Village Brownstone Is on Sale for $11 Million," 16 Jan. 2020 Over the last several million years, God has created a woman who stole a forbidden apple, ate part of it and gave the rest to her husband; created a man who killed his brother; destroyed entire cities; and once flooded the earth. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Gerth: This just in ... God expelled from Louisville Christian school for creating rainbow," 16 Jan. 2020 Her husband cut the ribbon on a new office in Ankeny on Monday, and a group of black women who have endorsed her led a weekend canvass kickoff in Des Moines. New York Times, "Elizabeth Warren Confronts the Skeptics Who Fear Her Plans Go Too Far," 15 Jan. 2020 Don’t worry, David never finds out the whole world heard his mom talking about his weak bladder to his future husband. Kathleen Newman-bremang, refinery29.com, "Schitt’s Creek Season 6, Episode 2 Recap: David’s Nighttime Oopsy Daisy," 15 Jan. 2020 Her husband pleaded guilty in December, and his sentencing is set for March. Dana Branham, Dallas News, "Balch Springs woman sentenced to 30 years after pleading guilty to child pornography charge," 14 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Married now for 8 years to husband Jay Tucker, Nash is living in wedded bliss. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Niecy Nash’s Advice For A Happy Marriage: ‘A BJ A Day Keeps The Divorce Attorney Away’," 6 Aug. 2019 Government should not impede or discourage parents in their conscientious accumulation, husbanding and investment of those assets for their children’s education, broadly construed. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: Is the individual obsolete?," 17 July 2019 Her financial gains surfaced in records tied to husband Jeremiah Quarles’ theft case. Miles Moffeit Elvia Limón, Dallas News, "Tax funds stolen by her husband helped a DeSoto councilwoman. Why didn't authorities fully investigate?," 12 July 2019 As this novel pushes forward, however, Gessen’s patience, his ability to husband his resources, begins to pay off. New York Times, "Struggling to Love, Work and Do the Right Thing in Putin’s Russia," 9 July 2018 Most farmers drew their water from canals extending from the Washakie Reservoir, which was usually filled by Memorial Day and carefully husbanded until August, when irrigation needs became strong. John Fialka, Scientific American, "A Wyoming Reservation Shows the New Face of Drought," 6 June 2018 Although desires may be infinite, the means available are not, and good commanders set priorities, build alliances and husband their resources. John Nagl, WSJ, "‘On Grand Strategy’ Review: The War Against Decline and Fall," 16 Apr. 2018 His favorite example is an oyster-husbanding pilot project on a barge off of downtown. Jeanette Steele, sandiegouniontribune.com, "New Port of San Diego chairman is a 43-year-old lawyer," 9 Jan. 2018 After Pearl Harbor, Chiang Kai-shek realized that his fate depended on the outcome of the new war between Japan and the U.S., and tried to husband his remaining forces. David Kaiser, Time, "The War That Started 80 Years Ago Wouldn't Happen Today. We Can Still Learn From It," 7 July 2017

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First Known Use of husband

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for husband

Noun and Verb

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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The first known use of husband was in the 13th century

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21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Husband.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/husband. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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More Definitions for husband

husband

noun
How to pronounce husband (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of husband

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a married man : the man someone is married to

husband

verb

English Language Learners Definition of husband (Entry 2 of 2)

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

husband

noun
hus·​band | \ ˈhəz-bənd How to pronounce husband (audio) \

Kids Definition of husband

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a male partner in a marriage

husband

verb
husbanded; husbanding

Kids Definition of husband (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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