- 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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Related Wordsbachelor, eligible, fancy-free, footloose, free, lone, loner, separated, sole, solo, unattached, unfettered, unmarried
Examples from the Web for unwed
Almost three in five births to unwed women are to women who are cohabitating with a partner.
These days, a child born to an unwed mother is much more likely to be part of a cohabiting family.
The shaming of unwed mothers is hardly limited to one religious tradition.Why Is the Mormon Church Getting Out of the Adoption Business?
June 23, 2014
The other part of the female breadwinner equation focuses on the steep rise in unwed mothers.
Among women without college degrees, and of all races, unwed motherhood has become the norm.How Do We Fix Straight Marriage?
March 25, 2013
And the youngest-born, the Lady Lucy, I take it, is yet unwed?The White Rose of Langley
Emily Sarah Holt
We lead the life of a political marriage, but the heart is unwed.Old Fritz and the New Era
Better for thee to have died childless and unwed than thus to bring shame on thy father and all thy kinsfolk and people.Stories from the Iliad
H. L. Havell
And the generations crowded one against another; a girl worried about spinsterhood if she reached seventeen unwed.Adaptation
Dallas McCord Reynolds
The pitying world looks on and measures the unwed lovers' loss, but who can measure their gain?The Land of Long Ago
Eliza Calvert Hall
- 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
Word Origin and History for unwed
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.