wed

verb
\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

Synonyms

espouse, marry

Antonyms

divorce

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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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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 Dessert was wedding cake and an assortment of cookies, brownies, and other delicious bites. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Meggie Kempner’s Gorgeous Garden Wedding in Beverly Hills," 24 May 2018 The long spell of sunny weather that gave their Saturday wedding a special glow continued Tuesday at the outdoor occasion. BostonGlobe.com, "Prince Harry, Meghan Markle appear at first royal event as newlyweds," 22 May 2018 Her sister-in-law and frenemy in court, Grand Duchess Pavlovna, aka Miechen, epitomizes the aristocracy and provides the perfect foil for Maria – until her son Nicholas, a weak and eventually ineffective tsar, weds the German princess Alix of Hesse. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Empress Maria heads juicy Russian cast in historical novel about the Romanovs," 12 July 2018 Federal politicians have yet to offer any major legislation in support of renewable ammonia, Finkel says, perhaps understandable in a country long wedded to exporting coal and natural gas. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 The concept that our identity as Muslims is wedded to a national identity of Islamic governance. Fox News, "Dr. Zuhdi Jasser on terror threats facing the United States," 18 June 2018 As wedding guests filtered into Windsor Castle less than an hour ahead of the royal wedding, students filtered into Immaculate Heart High School in Hollywood — Meghan Markle’s alma mater — to watch. Kate Stanhope, latimes.com, "'Suits' stars — and a 'Real World' grad — show up in full force to support Meghan Markle," 19 May 2018 The downside of the American approach is that subsidiaries are wedded to a business model that proved itself in completely different circumstances. The Economist, "Chinese and US tech giants go at it in emerging markets," 5 July 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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The first known use of wed was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for wed

wed

verb

English Language Learners Definition of wed

: to bring or join (two things) together

wed

verb
\ˈwed \
wedded also wed; wedding

Kids Definition of wed

1 : marry

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

Kids Definition of Wed.

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