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[wahyv] /waɪv/
verb (used without object), wived, wiving.
to take a wife; marry.
verb (used with object), wived, wiving.
to take as wife; marry.
to provide with a wife.
Origin of wive
before 900; Middle English wiven, Old English wīfian, derivative of wīf; see wife Unabridged
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  • "I will not wive the daughter of a man hunted of society, and avoided by all;" he doggedly answered.

    The Headsman James Fenimore Cooper
  • And they say his wive's brother give him ten silver dollars for his help.

    Sweet Cicely Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
  • Some say it wuz because Deacon Henshaw wuz present for the first time after his wive's death.

    Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 4. Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
  • Tell Strang that she will wive him to-night, as she has promised!

    The Courage of Captain Plum James Oliver Curwood
  • And then, he thinks a awful sight of his wive's brother, and wanted him to get the election.

    Sweet Cicely Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
  • "wive to 'usband," he declaimed, "sizter to brother--" But his audience was lost.

    Kincaid's Battery George W. Cable
  • And Philander Dagget done it a purpose to keep Elburtus from the town-meetin', so his wive's brother would get the election.

    Sweet Cicely Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
  • Ought the young to wive with the old—the pale-face with the red-skin—the Christian with the heathen?

    The Deerslayer James Fenimore Cooper
  • You see, when a man hides his wive's corset and petticoat, it is governin' without the "consent of the governed."

    Sweet Cicely Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
  • At six a-clock my ink freezes so that I can hardly write by a good fire in my wive's Chamber.

British Dictionary definitions for wive


verb (archaic)
to marry (a woman)
(transitive) to supply with a wife
Word Origin
Old English gewīfian, from wīfwife
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Word Origin and History for wive

"to marry (a woman)," Old English wifian, from wif "woman" (see wife). Cf. Middle Dutch wiven.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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