Definitions

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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English wiven, from Old English wīfian, from wīf, woman.]

Examples

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  • To take a wife, get married, marry.

    October 9, 2007

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

    June 19, 2009