\ˈwed \
wedded also wed; wedding

Definition of wed 

transitive verb

1 : to take for wife or husband by a formal ceremony : marry

2 : to join in marriage

3 : to unite as if by marriage: such as

a : to place in close or intimate association films that made me conscious of the power of wedding image to music— Gerald Early

b : to link by commitment or custom was wed to the old ways

intransitive verb

: to enter into matrimony

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Other Words from wed

wedder noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for wed


espouse, marry



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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.
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This framework weds three of nature’s fundamental forces — the strong, the weak and the electromagnetic — into a single entity. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018 This new season is something very different, though it's wedded to the original by a similar devotion to lush presentation and the stories of struggling young people. Julie Muncy, Ars Technica, "Life Is Strange 2, episode 1 review: New setting, same heart," 28 Sep. 2018 Over 350,000 people flocked to see the Duchess of Cambridge’s Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding gown in the first six weeks it was displayed at Buckingham Palace during the summer of 2011, People reported at the time. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Meghan Markle’s wedding dress may be displayed at Windsor Castle," 21 Aug. 2018 Mochi ice cream was passed out instead of wedding cake for dessert. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Bridal Shop Owner Wore Five Different Dresses for her Palm Springs Wedding," 10 July 2018 Both of those wedding guest outfits were colorful, bold, and effortless. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The Outfit Meghan Markle Might Wear to Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding," 2 Oct. 2018 The Bogota Police Department said in a Facebook post the bride, husband, and wedding party got stranded in rising floodwaters Saturday in the borough located just outside New York City. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Bride, groom rescued from floodwaters by New Jersey police," 12 Aug. 2018 In addition to their casual public sightings in India, Chopra and Jonas attended a pre-wedding party for high-society couple Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta, according to The Indian Express. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Now Headed to Brazil Together," 29 June 2018 As the ditty goes: One died, one survived, two de-wedded, two beheaded. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "How the Church of England has evolved on divorce, from Henry VIII to Meghan Markle," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of wed

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

History and Etymology for wed

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

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English Language Learners Definition of wed

: to bring or join (two things) together


\ˈwed \
wedded also wed; wedding

Kids Definition of wed

1 : marry

2 : to connect closely The book weds fact and fiction.

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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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