Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To take as a spouse; marry.
  • intransitive verb To perform the marriage ceremony for; join in matrimony.
  • intransitive verb To unite closely.
  • intransitive verb To cause to adhere devotedly or stubbornly.
  • intransitive verb To take a spouse; marry.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An abbreviation of Wednesday.
  • 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.
  • noun A pledge; pawn; security.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb take in marriage
  • verb perform a marriage ceremony
  • adjective having been taken in marriage
  • noun the fourth day of the week; the third working day

Etymologies

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

[Middle English wedden, from Old English weddian.]

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From Old English weddian. Related to Scots wed ("pledge").

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