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 King sent a photo of the two-faced-cat to her husband, BJ King. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Two-faced kitten named Biscuits and Gravy born in Oregon," 22 May 2020 The prescription then gets even more intimate, with Dr. Laszlo giving Jackie instructions catered to her husband President John F. Kennedy — specifically about how to treat the reported breakouts on his back. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "This Is Jackie O.’s Actual Skin-Care Routine From 1963," 21 May 2020 But unlike many of his colleagues, at least Welts can vent to his husband and two stepchildren who are staying with him in Sacramento. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "How Warriors are making mental health a priority during coronavirus shutdown," 21 May 2020 The bar is being redeveloped in tribute to her husband, who was a master mixologist. Jessica B. Harris, Southern Living, "Remembering Leah Chase, the Queen of Creole Cuisine," 21 May 2020 At another house an older woman pleaded with the priest to give a blessing to her husband, who was very sick and could not come to the door. James Estrin, New York Times, "How a Queens Pastor Tends to His Flock From Six Feet Away," 20 May 2020 Denise Rowe, who runs a carpet-cleaning business with her husband in Knoxville, Tenn., used to visit Orangetheory Fitness Bearden five days a week until the gym closed in mid-March. Hilary Potkewitz, WSJ, "As Coronavirus Lockdowns Lift, How Ready Are Gyms to Reopen?," 18 May 2020 Authorities said the Shulan outbreak originated with a 45-year-old woman who had no recent travel or exposure history but spread it to her husband, three sisters and other relatives. Fox News, "On Mother's Day, world leaders try optimistic tone as coronavirus spreads," 11 May 2020 Donna Schulz, also a regular, saw a Facebook post that the restaurant was open and came with her husband. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Restaurant doors swing open in Southern Indiana, but dining rush starts out slow," 11 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb All of life up there in the brainpan, all of it somehow husbanded there. Benjamin Taylor, The Atlantic, "Being Friends With Philip Roth," 21 Apr. 2020 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

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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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Time Traveler for husband

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

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26 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Husband.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/husband. Accessed 2 Jun. 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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