- 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.
Related Words for wedmarry, dedicate, tie, couple, join, unite, espouse, unify, interweave, associate, relate, coalesce, commingle, merge, fuse, yoke, connect, link, combine, blend
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Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of wed
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
Word Origin for wed
- we had or we would
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.