\ ˈwed How to pronounce wed (audio) \
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 for wed


espouse, marry, match

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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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The show hinges on a blended family, with hotel entrepreneur Santiago Mendoza (Demian Bichir) having wedded Gigi (Roselyn Sanchez) after the death of his wife, who also happened to be her best friend. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Grand Hotel' checks out as summer TV for 'The Bachelor' crowd," 17 June 2019 Joe and Sophie’s Parisian wedding weekend officially began on Thursday, June 27 with a pre-wedding party at Hotel Crillon le Brave in Provence. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Celebrate Their Rehearsal Dinner in France," 29 June 2019 For a Grizz team that has spent several years wedded to an aging nucleus and struggling to come up with a coherent vision of the future, the past two drafts—Jaren Jackson Jr. and now Morant and Clarke—have been a great step toward the latter. Andrew Sharp,, "2019 NBA Draft Winners and Losers: Grizzlies, Suns, and Two Stories for the Pelicans," 21 June 2019 In the photo, Pennza is standing next to her soon-to-be mother-in-law both wearing what appear to be wedding dresses. Melissa Locker, Time, "Bride's Mother-in-Law Had a Perfectly Acceptable Reason for Wearing a Wedding Dress for the Big Day," 21 June 2019 It is built not only on ambition but on sheer necessity wedded to a vision of global proportions. Jonathan D. T. Ward, National Review, "China and the Major Powers," 25 June 2019 There have been plenty of stories about controlling brides this year—tales relayed back to forums by wedding party members and wedding guests who need a place to vent (and gather some support, or answers). Glamour, "A Bride Got Dragged for Wanting to Replace Her Maid of Honor Because of Baby Weight," 15 June 2019 Religious services were held hourly in its white, wedding cake-like cathedral. Mark Stevenson And Stefanie Dazio, Houston Chronicle, "Mexican church leader still its 'apostle' after rape arrest," 5 June 2019 The heroine, Scherherazade, is married to a murderous king, who kills his new wives one day after wedding them. National Geographic, "Top ten things you didn't know about Aladdin," 23 May 2019

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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 How to pronounce wed (audio) \
wedded also wed; wedding

Kids Definition of wed

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

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