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 In addition to his parents, David was predeceased by his sister Mary-Louise Dorpalen and his nephew Nathan Dorpalen, remaining close to his brother-in-law Peter Dorpalen and niece Erica Hanson, her husband Tyler, and their children Nathan and Clara. courant.com, "David Dowd Roberts," 8 Nov. 2019 They were joined by Julianne Hough and her husband Brooks Laich, and Derek Hough and his girlfriend Hayley Erbert. Reagan Alexander, PEOPLE.com, "Brooke Burke Steps Out with New Boyfriend Scott Rigsby, Says Her Kids 'Really Like Him'," 7 Nov. 2019 Between my kids, my husband, and when my parents were alive my parents, and still my brother, family is hugely important to me and has been a huge source of sustenance. Susannah Hutcheson, USA TODAY, "How Susan Rice rose to the heights of public service and President Obama's inner circle," 5 Nov. 2019 Shop the Look: Queen Letizia's Black Feathered Suiting The Spanish royal attended the awards ceremony with her family: husband King Felipe VI and daughters Princess Sofía and Princess Leonor. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Queen Letizia Redefines Royal Style in a Black Feathered Suit," 5 Nov. 2019 Police met the woman's husband and son in the driveway. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "Warren County woman killed at home by her 2 Great Dane dogs, said coroner official," 4 Nov. 2019 How about the vast majority of husbands and wives, especially wives, who cannot abide the misery of their union but lack the funds to either solve or dissolve it? Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "End Times in “Terminator: Dark Fate” and “Marriage Story”," 1 Nov. 2019 Things escalated when it was further alleged that Hill, who is openly bisexual, engaged in a relationship with her husband and a young female campaign staffer. James Factora, Teen Vogue, "Katie Hill’s Resignation From Congress Over a Sex Scandal Played Out Unfairly," 31 Oct. 2019 Now she's settled with her husband and children in Los Angeles. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "The Founder of Instagram's Trendmood Is Breaking Out of the Grid," 30 Oct. 2019 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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11 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Husband.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/husbanded. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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