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  1. united in matrimony; married: the wedded couple; a wedded woman.
  2. of or relating to marriage or to those married: the wedded state; wedded happiness.
  3. attached or dedicated, especially obstinately or unshakably: a fearless person wedded to a just cause.
  4. associated or bound together inseparably: form and substance wedded in harmony.
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Origin of wedded

before 900; Middle English; Old English geweddode. See wed, -ed2
Related formsun·wed·ded, adjective


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 for wedded

wed, espoused

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  1. of marriagewedded bliss
  2. firmly in support of an idea or institutionwedded to the virtues of capitalism
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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 for wed

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



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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