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Definition of WED

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Wed \Wed\ (w[e^]d), n. [AS. wedd; akin to OFries. wed, OD. wedde, OHG, wetti, G. wette a wager, Icel. ve[eth] a pledge, Sw. vad a wager, an appeal, Goth. wadi a pledge, Lith. vad[*u]ti to redeem (a pledge), LL. vadium, L. vas, vadis, bail, security, vadimonium security, and Gr. ?, ? a prize. Cf. {Athlete}, {Gage} a pledge, {Wage}.] A pledge; a pawn. [Obs.] --Gower. Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster]

           Let him be ware, his neck lieth to wed [i. e., for a security].                               --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Wed \Wed\, v. i.
     To contact matrimony; to marry. "When I shall wed." --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Wed \Wed\, v. t. [imp. {Wedded}; p. p. {Wedded} or {Wed}; p. pr.
     & vb. n. {Wedding}.] [OE. wedden, AS. weddian to covenant, promise, to wed, marry; akin to OFries. weddia to promise, D. wedden to wager, to bet, G. wetten, Icel. ve[eth]ja, Dan. vedde, Sw. v[aum]dja to appeal, Goth. gawadj[=o]n to betroth. See {Wed}, n.] [1913 Webster]
     1. To take for husband or for wife by a formal ceremony; to marry; to espouse. [1913 Webster]

              With this ring I thee wed.            --Bk. of Com. Prayer. [1913 Webster]

              I saw thee first, and wedded thee.    --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     2. To join in marriage; to give in wedlock.
        [1913 Webster]

              And Adam, wedded to another Eve,
              Shall live with her.                  --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     3. Fig.: To unite as if by the affections or the bond of marriage; to attach firmly or indissolubly. [1913 Webster]

              Thou art wedded to calamity.          --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              Men are wedded to their lusts.        --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

              [Flowers] are wedded thus, like beauty to old age.
                                                    --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

     4. To take to one's self and support; to espouse. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

              They positively and concernedly wedded his cause.
                                                    --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

88 Moby Thesaurus words for "wed":
     affiliate, ally, apply, arrange a match, associate, band together, be in cahoots, be made one, be spliced, become one, bind, bracket, bunch, bunch up, cabal, catch, cement a union, centralize, club, club together, combine, come together, confederate, conjoin, connect, consociate, conspire, contract matrimony, correlate, couple, draw a parallel, equate, espouse, federalize, federate, gang, gang up, get hitched, give away, go in partners, go in partnership, hitch, hook up with, identify, intermarry, interrelate, interwed, join, join forces, join fortunes with, join together, join up with, join with, league, link, make a match, make one, marry, match, mate, miscegenate, nuptial, organize, pair, pair off, parallel, parallelize, partner, relate, relativize, remarry, rewed, splice, stand together, stand up with, take to wife, team up with, team with, throw in with, tie, tie in with, tie up with, unionize, unite, unite in marriage, unite with, wive, yoke


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