\ 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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Paul has built a vast catalog of music that weds poetic imagery and philosophical introspection with hook-laden melodies., "More than 40 nonprofits, community groups, and town departments will convene at the Goodnow Library for the," 12 Sep. 2019 Afterward, the football lifer wedded to attacking offense filed an antitrust suit. Jon Wertheim,, "How the Influence of Al Davis Shaped the Modern NFL," 27 Aug. 2019 Prince Charles will watch his youngest child marry this weekend when Prince Harry weds Meghan Markle on Saturday at Windsor Castle. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What Prince Charles Is Really Like as a Father," 18 May 2018 McMurty specializes in wedding merchandise — invitations, save the date cards and acrylic signs — as well as personal stationery, journals, planners, notebooks and notepads. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "We asked four black businesswomen how they got their start. Here's what they said.," 9 Aug. 2019 Canadians ask about wedding a cousin—first and otherwise—on average 253 times a month. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "These are the legal questions Americans, Canadians, and Brits ask Google most," 30 June 2019 At Asaad Nasser’s wedding the night of June 12, hundreds of Deir Qaddis residents crowded a plaza near the summit of the village’s main hill. David M. Halbfinger, New York Times, "A Rape Case and a Wedding Strain Ties Between Arab and Jewish Villages," 25 June 2019 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

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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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