wive

verb
\ 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

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, "On Theater: A shrewd ‘Shrew!’ rewrites Shakespeare; rustic charm at the 'Spitfire Grill'," 5 Apr. 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

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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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“Wive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wive. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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