Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To take as a spouse; marry.
  • transitive v. To perform the marriage ceremony for; join in matrimony.
  • transitive v. To unite closely: a style that weds form and function.
  • transitive v. To cause to adhere devotedly or stubbornly: He was wedded to the idea of building a new school.
  • intransitive v. To take a spouse; marry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To perform the marriage ceremony for; to join in matrimony.
  • v. To take as one's spouse.
  • v. To take a spouse.
  • v. To join (more or less permanently)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pledge; a pawn.
  • intransitive v. To contact matrimony; to marry.
  • transitive v. To take for husband or for wife by a formal ceremony; to marry; to espouse.
  • transitive v. To join in marriage; to give in wedlock.
  • transitive v. Fig.: To unite as if by the affections or the bond of marriage; to attach firmly or indissolubly.
  • transitive v. To take to one's self and support; to espouse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pledge; hence, to wager.
  • To marry; take for husband or for wife.
  • To join in marriage; give or unite in wedlock.
  • To unite closely in affection; attach firmly by passion or prejudice: as, to be wedded to one's habits or opinions.
  • To unite forever or inseparably.
  • To espouse; take part with.
  • To marry; contract marriage; become united as in matrimony.
  • An abbreviation of Wednesday.
  • n. A pledge; pawn; security.

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

  • v. take in marriage
  • v. perform a marriage ceremony
  • adj. having been taken in marriage
  • n. the fourth day of the week; the third working day

Etymologies

Middle English wedden, from Old English weddian.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English weddian. Related to Scots wed ("pledge"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And he is taking over the stations again wed to repeat his healthcare infomerical.

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  • Here’s an excerpt from one of my favorite scenes when she first begins to realize that the man she’s wed is not who she thinks he is.

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  • It isn't no weddin'-ring, "says she," for I never was what you might call wed, "says she," but I got it from the Jew t 'make believe I was; for it didn't do nobody no hurt, an' it sort o 'pleased me.

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  • "But whom hath mine uncle wed, that is thus unbuxom [disobedient] to him?"

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  • In the episode, Christian and Liz get set to wed, which is odd because Liz used to be a lesbian and Christian, one of the show's two main plastic surgeons, is a commitaphobe male slut.

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  • Example: Billy and Betty have been married for seven years in California and amicably divorce, only to find that unbeknown to them both, Billy's divorce from his first wife wasn't final when he "wed" Betty seven years before!

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  • One day after Reece Fleming and Elleanor Purgslove were "wed," Reece died peacefully at his home.

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  • He learned how to propagate and "wed" his own trees and in 1763 was particularly active.

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  • "And ye have ordained respecting every man who has given his 'wed' in our gildships, if he should die, that each gild brother shall give a 'genuine loaf' for his soul, and sing a ditty, or get it sung, within thirty days."

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  • The wise virgins take oil with which to fill their lamps when they wait to "wed" Christ and the foolish virgins do not.

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