wedded also wed; wedding

transitive verb

: to take for wife or husband by a formal ceremony : marry
: to join in marriage
: to unite as if by marriage: such as
: to place in close or intimate association
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: to link by commitment or custom
was wed to the old ways

intransitive verb

: to enter into matrimony
wedder noun

Examples of wed in a Sentence

They will wed in the fall. The actress wed her fourth husband last year. The novel weds tragedy and comedy. His new writing job wedded his love of words and his eye for fashion.
Recent Examples on the Web Leiter, who died in 2013, is now recognized as one of the great color photographers of the 20th century, a pioneer who embraced — and experimented with — color slide film when most professional photographers were still wedded to monochrome negatives. Christian House, CNN, 22 Feb. 2024 Pandi, his parents and his two wedded sisters believe Meena’s reluctance to marry him is rooted in some kind of spiritual possession. Siddhant Adlakha, Variety, 18 Feb. 2024 The answer may be both less fatalistic and more complex than that a president wedded to fossil fuels will condemn the world to significantly worse warming. Zoë Schlanger, The Atlantic, 12 Feb. 2024 Thoughtful design and quality craftsmanship were wedded to create an architectural standout with mountain charm. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 Lea Malloy, head of EV battery solutions for Cox Automotive, said millions of Americans remain wedded to bigger trucks and SUVs, regardless of what powers it. IEEE Spectrum, 8 Feb. 2024 Outside of work, he's been married four times, wedding Kayte Walsh in 2011. Kate Hogan, Peoplemag, 19 Jan. 2024 But that said, part of what’s happening is the demographics and the investment landscape changing as a result of everything from the interest-rate environment to relocations of companies to human migration, and a young generation that is less wedded to any particular geography. Fortune Editors, Fortune, 28 Nov. 2023 But the brand does have a slight advantage in terms of a rather young customer base that is less wedded to tradition than, say, Ferrari's. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 31 Jan. 2024

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Word History


Middle English wedden, from Old English weddian; akin to Middle High German wetten to pledge, Old English wedd pledge, Old High German wetti, Goth wadi, Latin vad-, vas bail, security

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of wed was before the 12th century

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“Wed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


wedded also wed; wedding
: to take, give, or join in marriage : marry
: to unite firmly as if by marriage

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