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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.
  3. to bind by close or lasting ties; attach firmly: She wedded herself to the cause of the poor.
  4. to blend together or unite inseparably: a novel that weds style and content perfectly.
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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.
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Origin of wed

before 900; Middle English wedde, Old English weddian to pledge; cognate with German wetten to bet, Old Norse vethja to pledge
Related formsin·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

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Related Words

bachelor, eligible, fancy-free, footloose, free, lone, loner, separated, sole, solo, unattached, unfettered, unmarried

Examples from the Web for unwed

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Historical Examples

  • And the youngest-born, the Lady Lucy, I take it, is yet unwed?

  • We lead the life of a political marriage, but the heart is unwed.

  • Better for thee to have died childless and unwed than thus to bring shame on thy father and all thy kinsfolk and people.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for unwed

wed

verb weds, 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
  3. (tr) to unite closely
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Word Origin

Old English weddian; related to Old Frisian weddia, Old Norse vethja, Gothic wadi pledge
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Word Origin and History for unwed

adj.

1510s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of wed.

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wed

v.

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.

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