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The Collaborative Dictionary

Wed \Wed\, v. i. To contact matrimony; to marry. "When I shall wed." --Shak. [1913 Webster]
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[aum]dja to appeal, Goth. gawadj[=o]n to betroth. See Wed, n.] [1913 Webster]
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]
To join in marriage; to give in wedlock. [1913 Webster] And Adam, wedded to another Eve, Shall live with her. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
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]
To take to one's self and support; to espouse. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] They positively and concernedly wedded his cause. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]
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. [1913 Webster] Let him be ware, his neck lieth to wed [i. e., for a security]. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

wed adj : having been taken in marriage [syn: wedded] n : the fourth day of the week; the third working day [syn: Wednesday]


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] [also: wedding, wedded]

Moby Thesaurus

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  • /'wεd/ /"wEd/
  • Rhymes: -ɛd




  1. To perform the marriage ceremony for; to join in matrimony.
    The priest wed the couple.
  2. To take as one's spouse.
    She wed her first love.
  3. To take a spouse.



to join in matrimony
  • Finnish: vihkiä (avioliitto)
  • Japanese: 結婚する
transitive: to take as one's spouse
intransitive: to take a spouse
  • Finnish: avioitua, mennä naimisiin
  • Japanese: 結婚する; めとる




  1. First person singular present tense of wedden
WED or Wed may refer to:
wed in Italian: WED
wed in Dutch: Wed
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