wived; wiving

intransitive verb

: to marry a woman

transitive verb

: to marry to a woman
: to take for a wife

Examples of wive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And on the scene arrives the proud Petruchio, who vows to wive it wealthily in Padua — even though Cole Porter won't compose those lyrics for another 400 years. Tom Titus, latimes.com, 5 Apr. 2018

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Word History


Middle English, from Old English wīfian, from wīf woman, wife

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of wive was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Wive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wive. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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