\ ˈwīv How to pronounce wive (audio) \
wived; wiving

Definition of wive

intransitive verb

: to marry a woman

transitive verb

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

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Cory and Jessica would like to host a Gold Star wives Paint and Sip Party at the Princess Pub & Grille in downtown San Diego in August. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Nonprofit links veterans to youths who lost military parent," 21 June 2018 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, "On Theater: A shrewd ‘Shrew!’ rewrites Shakespeare; rustic charm at the 'Spitfire Grill'," 5 Apr. 2018 The Emperor's New Groove Leaving 9/9/17 Teen Beach 2 Leaving 9/10/17 Army Wives: Season 1 - 7 Leaving 9/11/17 Terra Nova: Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Netflix in September: Everything coming and going," 23 Aug. 2017 A Nightmare on Elm Street Sept. 3: Drumline: A New Beat Sept. 4: The A-List Sept. 5: Lilo & Stitch The Emperor's New Groove Sept. 9: Teen Beach 2 Sept. 10: Army Wives: Seasons 1–7 Sept. 11: Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, "Here’s What’s Coming to/Leaving Netflix in September 2017," 23 Aug. 2017 Sister Wives star Maddie Brown Brush gave birth to a healthy baby boy — named Axel James Brush — PEOPLE can exclusively reveal. Brittany King, PEOPLE.com, "Sister Wives Star Maddie Brown Brush Welcomes Baby Boy — See the Adorable Photo," 21 May 2017

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First Known Use of wive

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

History and Etymology for wive

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

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