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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To promise to give in marriage: was betrothed to a member of the royal family.
  • transitive v. Archaic To promise to marry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To promise to give in marriage.
  • v. To promise to take (as a future spouse); to plight one's troth to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To contract to any one for a marriage; to engage or promise in order to marriage; to affiance; -- used esp. of a woman.
  • transitive v. To promise to take (as a future spouse); to plight one's troth to.
  • transitive v. To nominate to a bishopric, in order to consecration.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To contract to give in marriage to another; promise or pledge one's troth for the marriage of; affiance.
  • To engage to take in marriage; pledge one's troth to marry.
  • To nominate to a bishopric in order to consecration.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. give to in marriage

Etymologies

Middle English bitrouthen : bi-, be- + trouth, troth (from Old English trēowth; see deru- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English bitreuthien, from treuthe, "truth". See also troth (Wiktionary)

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