Wed Wed, v. t. [imp. {Wedded}; p. p. {Wedded} or {Wed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wedding}.] [OE. wedden, AS. weddian to covenant, promise, to wed, marry; akin to OFries. weddia to promise, D. wedden to wager, to bet, G. wetten, Icel. ve[eth]ja, Dan. vedde, Sw. v["a]dja to appeal, Goth. gawadj[=o]n to betroth. See {Wed}, n.] [1913 Webster] 1. To take for husband or for wife by a formal ceremony; to marry; to espouse. [1913 Webster]

With this ring I thee wed. --Bk. of Com. Prayer. [1913 Webster]

I saw thee first, and wedded thee. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To join in marriage; to give in wedlock. [1913 Webster]

And Adam, wedded to another Eve, Shall live with her. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Fig.: To unite as if by the affections or the bond of marriage; to attach firmly or indissolubly. [1913 Webster]

Thou art wedded to calamity. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Men are wedded to their lusts. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

[Flowers] are wedded thus, like beauty to old age. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

4. To take to one's self and support; to espouse. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

They positively and concernedly wedded his cause. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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