wed
Pronunciation Verb

wed (weds, present participle wedding; past and past participle wedded)

  1. (transitive) To perform the marriage ceremony for; to join in matrimony.
    The priest wed the couple.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 8”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      And Adam, wedded to another Eve, / Shall live with her.
  2. (transitive) To take as one's spouse.
    She wed her first love.
    • 2017 September 27, David Browne, "Hugh Hefner, 'Playboy' Founder, Dead at 91 ↗," Rolling Stone
      In 1989, he wed Playmate Kimberley Conrad, a marriage that ended in 2010. In 2013, he married his younger girlfriend, Crystal Harris, with whom he was still wed at the time of his death.
  3. (intransitive) To take a spouse.
  4. (figuratively, transitive) To join or commit to, more or less permanently, as if in marriage.
    I'm not wedded to this proposal; suggest an alternative.
    • c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene iii]:
      Affliction is enamoured of thy parts, and thou art wedded to calamity.
    • Men are wedded to their lusts.
  5. (figurative, intransitive) To take to oneself and support; to espouse.
    • They positively and concernedly wedded his cause.
  6. (Northern England, Scotland) To wager, stake, bet, place a bet, make a wager.
    I'd wed my head on that.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • French: épouser
  • German: heiraten, zur Frau nehmen (take a wife), zum Mann nehmen (take a husband)
  • Portuguese: casar com
  • Russian: жени́ться
  • Spanish: casar
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