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Wed

Wed \Wed\, v. i. To contact matrimony; to marry. ``When I shall wed.''
--Shak.

Wed

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.]

  1. To take for husband or for wife by a formal ceremony; to marry; to espouse.

    With this ring I thee wed.
    --Bk. of Com. Prayer.

    I saw thee first, and wedded thee.
    --Milton.

  2. To join in marriage; to give in wedlock.

    And Adam, wedded to another Eve, Shall live with her.
    --Milton.

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

    Thou art wedded to calamity.
    --Shak.

    Men are wedded to their lusts.
    --Tillotson.

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

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

    They positively and concernedly wedded his cause.
    --Clarendon.

Wed

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.]

  1. To take for husband or for wife by a formal ceremony; to marry; to espouse.

    With this ring I thee wed.
    --Bk. of Com. Prayer.

    I saw thee first, and wedded thee.
    --Milton.

  2. To join in marriage; to give in wedlock.

    And Adam, wedded to another Eve, Shall live with her.
    --Milton.

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

    Thou art wedded to calamity.
    --Shak.

    Men are wedded to their lusts.
    --Tillotson.

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

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

    They positively and concernedly wedded his cause.
    --Clarendon.

Wed

Wed \Wed\ (w[e^]d), n. [AS. wedd; akin to OFries. wed, OD. wedde, OHG, wetti, G. wette a wager, Icel. ve[eth] a pledge, Sw. vad a wager, an appeal, Goth. wadi a pledge, Lith. vad[*u]ti to redeem (a pledge), LL. vadium, L. vas, vadis, bail, security, vadimonium security, and Gr. ?, ? a prize. Cf. Athlete, Gage a pledge, Wage.] A pledge; a pawn. [Obs.]
--Gower. Piers Plowman.

Let him be ware, his neck lieth to wed [i. e., for a security].
--Chaucer.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

wed

verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
domestic/wedded/marital bliss
▪ six months of wedded bliss
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
guest
▪ I was a guest at the wedding.
shotgun
▪ But shouldn't it be a shotgun wedding?
▪ It was a shotgun wedding without the shotgun.
son
▪ I am not wed to your son by church law.
woman
▪ They were gaudy and sexually suggestive and each tailored to the individual characteristics of the woman to be wed.
▪ The woman was wearing a wedding ring with diamonds circling a blue sapphire stone, Rodriguez said.
■ VERB
attend
▪ In the meantime would I like to attend a Raika wedding in his own village, Baabara?
▪ And more than a few of these people were attending the wedding.
celebrate
▪ He goes away from a living woman to celebrate his pitiless wedding with a shadowy ideal of conduct.
▪ Something the wife of a golf pro would wear to a barbecue celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary.
plan
▪ She planned to wed a lord, then poison him.
▪ I started planning my wedding when I was four!
▪ That changed Monday in San Francisco, and now Windley plans a wedding.
▪ Imagine Ernie trying to plan a wedding.
▪ Oh, I could plan a wedding.
▪ A large, planned wedding like ours seemed to have its own momentum.
▪ So they helped plan our wedding instead.
▪ There was a six-page spread with Courtney's firsthand account of how she was planning her wedding.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
be wedded to sth
▪ This is a big problem, and we're not wedded to any one solution.
▪ At the same time, Mr Stowers denies that he is wedded to technology stocks.
▪ The Republicans were wedded to conservative fiscal views that stressed the importance of balancing the budget and cutting taxes.
wedded bliss
▪ After nine years of wedded bliss, &.
▪ It was a celebration not just of 25 years' wedded bliss, but also the modern Labour Party.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Gabriella Quattrocchi, 70, has never wed - hoping she will be reunited with Charles Williams.
WordNet

wed

  1. adj. having been taken in marriage [syn: wedded]

  2. [also: wedding, wedded]

wed

  1. v. take in marriage [syn: marry, get married, conjoin, hook up with, get hitched with, espouse]

  2. perform a marriage ceremony; "The minister married us on Saturday"; "We were wed the following week"; "The couple got spliced on Hawaii" [syn: marry, tie, splice]

  3. [also: wedding, wedded]

Wikipedia

WED

WED or Wed may refer to:

  • The act of getting married (example: "Jack wed Jill")
  • Wednesday
  • World Environment Day
  • Western Economic Diversification Canada, a Canadian government agency
  • WED Enterprises, the original name of Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Where Eagles Dare, film
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

wed

Old English weddian "to pledge oneself, covenant to do something, vow; betroth, marry," also "unite (two other people) in a marriage, conduct the marriage ceremony," from Proto-Germanic *wadi- (cognates: Old Norse veðja, Danish vedde "to bet, wager," Old Frisian weddia "to promise," Gothic ga-wadjon "to betroth"), from PIE root *wadh- (1) "to pledge, to redeem a pledge" (cognates: Latin vas, genitive vadis "bail, security," Lithuanian vaduoti "to redeem a pledge").\n

\nThe sense has remained closer to "pledge" in other Germanic languages (such as German Wette "a 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]. Passively, of two people, "to be joined as husband and wife," from c.1200. Related: Wedded; wedding.

Wiktionary

wed

vb. 1 (context transitive English) To perform the marriage ceremony for; to join in matrimony. 2 (context transitive English) To take as one's spouse. 3 (context intransitive English) To take a spouse. 4 (context figuratively transitive English) To join (more or less permanently) 5 (context figurative intransitive English) To take to oneself and support; to espouse.

Usage examples of "wed".

Of a sudden, he ached to consummate this marriage with his wedded wife.

The ex-Royal Family waved, each remembering happier occasions, wedding dresses, kisses, the cheers of the adoring crowds.

There Amir waited with the Aman and four Arabic speaking men, selected from the crew to witness the wedding.

Look, Lackwit hath learned that he truly lacks wit, and that Amoroso and Belinda are about to sing their love duet to signify that the play is over, and that he was cuckolded before he even wed his Mistress and made her wife!

Cervantes, Don Quixote By the time of their tenth wedding anniversary in January 1982, Frederick and Rosemary West were consumed by an evil, all-pervading lust.

On one occasion, probably around the time of their tenth wedding anniversary, West even confirmed this power over his wife in writing.

This little yacht excursion in the Bahamas was a gift from the children to celebrate the twentieth wedding anniversary of Andrew and Billie.

Lane, some five or six years after Will Locke and Dulcie were wed, with its strange litter of acids and aquafortis, graving tools and steel plates.

Notwithstanding the legend, therefore, Draupadi might be regarded as wedded to Yudhishthir, though won by the skill of Arjun, and this assumption would be in keeping with Hindu customs and laws, ancient and modern.

I will wed you, and go never to war again - save only to defend you, if some evil assails our home.

I never thought I would be standing here beside Regis Aurum on the day before our wedding, wondering what you all must think of this woman from the unpredictable west about to be called queen.

He even avouched that he had never been more pleased about a wedding than the day his sister married Sedgwick.

She were lying under a down quiltme wedding gift to the bride, Hindoo lady up in Ponda sewed it for mebut just as we came in she shrugged it off, and you could see her bare as a babby to the waist.

The day after the wedding I began to make preparations for my departure.

She presented her husband, and begged Count Algarotti to atone for her error towards her god-mother by inviting her to join the wedding repast, an invitation which the countess accepted with great pleasure.