\ 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

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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Recent Examples on the Web The company selling the container, At Your Service Tent and Event Rentals, usually works wedding parties. Victor Llorente, Popular Mechanics, "Inside a New York City Funeral Home’s Mission to Keep Bodies Out of Mass Graves," 24 Apr. 2020 And expenditures have indeed grown, along with the social media wedding industrial complex and the pressures to pull off a luxurious, grand-scale event. NBC News, "How coronavirus could change wedding culture — even after the pandemic ends," 17 Apr. 2020 Between showers, bachelorette and bachelor parties and the big day itself, wedding party members spend an average of about $730, according to a 2018 Bankrate study. Rebekah Tuchscherer, USA TODAY, "As wedding costs add up, millennials are having a hard time budgeting for the season," 16 July 2019 Anu Rajasingham, a 35-year-old public health engineer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, visited one such home in the Atlanta area last year while searching for wedding saris from Sabyasachi Mukherjee. Sapna Maheshwari, New York Times, "Indian Brides Say ‘Yes’ to Lehengas Near and Far (Very Far)," 25 Feb. 2020 After their lavish wedding in Capri, Italy, last week, the newlyweds have been traveling around the European country, riding on jet skis and celebrating a post-wedding party with their friends. Helen Murphy,, "Heidi Klum Jokes About Posing 'Topless' for Husband Tom Kaulitz While on Their Honeymoon in Italy," 10 Aug. 2019 Princess Eugenie's royal wedding weekend may be coming an end, but that hasn't stopped wedding guests from posting about the celebrations online. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Behind-the-Scenes at Princess Eugenie's Magical, Festival-Themed, Royal Wedding Receptions," 14 Oct. 2018 There is a portrait of Ben and Xenia’s wedding party, pictures of Ella trick-or-treating in a tiny bat costume, splashing in a backyard baby pool, sitting on her mother’s lap at Legoland. Caitlin Gibson, Washington Post, "What does it mean to create new life when one parent is dying?," 9 Dec. 2019 The incident stems from a pre-wedding party on August 30, when the wedding party and friends spent an afternoon rafting, paddling and drinking on the Delaware River in Pennsylvania, according to an affidavit of probable cause. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Groom sexually assaulted a bridesmaid days before getting married, police say," 7 Oct. 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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The first known use of wed was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Wed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce wed (audio)

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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