\ 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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After wedding Carol, McCain quickly adopted Doug and his younger brother, Andy. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "How John McCain's Children Were Shaped by His Political Career," 27 Aug. 2018 Even the company admits that most gamers are wedded to the promise of 100 percent connectivity and no Wi-Fi chip maker can stop interference when a Hot Pocket is being heated up in your microwave. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Killer's AX 1650 network card taps Wi-Fi 6 for wireless gaming that doesn't suck," 15 Apr. 2019 Williams' wedding party planner Jennifer Zabinski of JZ Events also oversaw the celebrations while Williams and Markle's best friend Genevieve Hillis hosted around 20 guests. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Jokes that Meghan's Royal Baby Might Not Be His While in Morocco," 25 Feb. 2019 The first day of wedding celebrations included a Mehendi ceremony, in which the bride's hands and feet are decorated with henna, followed by the Sangeet, a lively pre-wedding party with musical performances. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Influencer Diipa Khosla Wore 9 Different Looks for Her 4-Day Indian Wedding," 8 Feb. 2019 The Sangeet is a traditional pre-wedding party in Indian culture. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Married—Here's Everything We Know About the Wedding," 4 Dec. 2018 Inside Their Destination Wedding Despite her absence, Caitlyn plans to throw the couple a post-wedding party in Los Angeles this summer. Natalie Stone,, "Caitlyn Jenner's Ex Throws Shade After Former Olympian Didn't Attend Their Son Brody's Wedding," 7 June 2018 Nancy was running in just 79 newspapers (down from a height of 700 in the 1970s) when Guy Gilchrist signed off in February with a very strange final story sequence that wedded Nancy’s aunt to a boyfriend who had disappeared from 1968 until 2012. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Nancy, a 1930s comic strip, was the funniest thing I read in 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Some of the year’s best documentaries wedded rich themes to unusually twisty stories, hooking viewers with a narrative before doubling back to contemplate its meaning. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The 10 best documentaries of 2018," 18 Dec. 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 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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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