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verb (used with object),wed·ded or wed, wed·ding.
  1. to marry (another person) in a formal ceremony.

  2. to unite (a couple) in marriage or wedlock; marry.

  1. to bind by close or lasting ties; attach firmly: She wedded herself to the cause of economic justice.

  2. to blend together or unite inseparably: a novel that weds style and content perfectly.

verb (used without object),wed·ded or wed, wed·ding.
  1. to contract marriage; marry.

  2. to become united or to blend: a building that will wed with the landscape.

Origin of wed

First recorded before 900; Middle English wedde, Old English weddian “to pledge, marry, get married”; cognate with German wetten “to bet,” Old Norse vethja “to pledge”

Other words for wed

Other words from wed

  • in·ter·wed, verb (used without object), in·ter·wed or in·ter·wed·ded, in·ter·wed·ding.
  • re·wed, verb, re·wed·ded, re·wed·ding.
  • un·wed, adjective

Other definitions for we'd (2 of 3)

[ weed ]

  1. contraction of we had:Sometimes I wish we'd bought a bigger house.

  2. contraction of we would:Of course we'd be happy to donate to the school's fundraiser.

usage note For we'd

Other definitions for Wed. (3 of 3)


  1. Wednesday. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use wed in a sentence

  • But before permitting you to go I wish, not having been able to wed you myself, to betroth you to the one you have chosen.

    Honey-Bee | Anatole France
  • I longed to hear her and to see her always; I would have died in rapture at her side, but I was never fain to wed her.

    Marguerite | Anatole France
  • In this same year of 1816, she hoped in vain to wed a Troisville, but he was already married.

    Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
  • But she said she would wed no man, and told him to search the whole wide world for some one more beautiful.

  • Marius looks elsewhere for a wife—unless mademoiselle of her own free will should elect to wed him—a thing unlikely.

    St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for wed (1 of 3)


/ (wɛd) /

verbweds, wedding, wedded or wed
  1. to take (a person of the opposite sex) as a husband or wife; marry

  2. (tr) to join (two people) in matrimony

  1. (tr) to unite closely

Origin of wed

Old English weddian; related to Old Frisian weddia, Old Norse vethja, Gothic wadi pledge

British Dictionary definitions for we'd (2 of 3)


/ (wiːd, unstressed wɪd) /

contraction of
  1. we had or we would

British Dictionary definitions for Wed. (3 of 3)


abbreviation for
  1. Wednesday

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