- to marry (another person) in a formal ceremony.
- to unite (a couple) in marriage or wedlock; marry.
- to bind by close or lasting ties; attach firmly: She wedded herself to the cause of the poor.
- to blend together or unite inseparably: a novel that weds style and content perfectly.
- to contract marriage; marry.
- to become united or to blend: a building that will wed with the landscape.
Origin of wed
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- contraction of we had, we should, or we would.
Examples from the Web for wed
Even those set to wed embraced the style on their special day.The Best-Dressed Way to Say Goodbye
October 21, 2014
Though there was allegedly an injury, charges were dropped due to lack of evidence, and she wed him a day after his arrest.
Similarly, Ray Rice wed his bride, Janay Palmer, one day after being indicted for assaulting her.
According to the announcement, van der Sloot will wed 24-year-old Leidy Carol Figueroa Uceda, an accountant who lives in Lima.Wedding Bells for Joran van der Sloot
Andrea Zarate, Barbie Latza Nadeau
June 13, 2014
Same-sex couples were legally wed to his performance of “Same Love” at the Grammys.Macklemore, the Grammy Winning Rapper, Is a 9/11 Truther Who Likes to Play Anti-Semitic Dress-Up
Emily Shire, Marlow Stern
May 20, 2014
Why should I guard it longer for him who may wed her, and whom I may never behold?The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
I have ever said that a brave lance should wed her; and, by my soul!The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
So Norss and Faia were wed, and they went to live in the cabin in the fir-grove.
"The mountain shall not wed the sea," muttered the envious air.
Yes, it must be a dream, since certainly it was to no madman that I was wed last night.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
- to take (a person of the opposite sex) as a husband or wife; marry
- (tr) to join (two people) in matrimony
- (tr) to unite closely
- we had or we would
Word Origin and History for wed
Old English weddian "to pledge, covenant to do something, marry," from Proto-Germanic *wadjojanan (cf. Old Norse veðja "to bet, wager," Old Frisian weddia "to promise," Gothic ga-wadjon "to betroth"), from PIE root *wadh- "to pledge, to redeem a pledge" (cf. Latin vas, genitive vadis "bail, security," Lithuanian vaduoti "to redeem a pledge"). Sense remained "pledge" in other Germanic languages (cf. German Wette "bet, wager"); development to "marry" is unique to English. "Originally 'make a woman one's wife by giving a pledge or earnest money', then used of either party" [Buck]. Related: Wedded; wedding.