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verb (used without object), wived, wiv·ing.
  1. to take a wife; marry.
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verb (used with object), wived, wiv·ing.
  1. to take as wife; marry.
  2. to provide with a wife.
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Origin of wive

before 900; Middle English wiven, Old English wīfian, derivative of wīf; see wife
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verb archaic
  1. to marry (a woman)
  2. (tr) to supply with a wife
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Word Origin

Old English gewīfian, from wīf wife
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Word Origin and History for wived



"to marry (a woman)," Old English wifian, from wif "woman" (see wife). Cf. Middle Dutch wiven.

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