Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To marry (a woman).
  • transitive v. To provide a wife for.
  • intransitive v. To marry a woman.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To marry (a woman).
  • v. To provide (someone) with a wife.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To marry, as a man; to take a wife.
  • transitive v. To match to a wife; to provide with a wife.
  • transitive v. To take for a wife; to marry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To take a wife; marry.
  • To match to a wife; provide with a wife.
  • To take for a wife; marry.

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

  • v. take (someone) as a wife
  • v. marry a woman, take a wife
  • v. provide with a wife; marry (someone) to a wife

Etymologies

Middle English wiven, from Old English wīfian, from wīf, woman.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • you used to have to wive in order to swive...but not anymore, thank goodness.

    June 19, 2009

  • To take a wife, get married, marry.

    October 9, 2007