betroth

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From Middle English bitreuthien, from treuthe (truth). Equivalent to be- +‎ troth.

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betroth (third-person singular simple present betroths, present participle betrothing, simple past and past participle betrothed)

  1. To promise to give in marriage.
    He betrothed his daughter to a distant relative.
  2. To promise to take (as a future spouse); to plight one's troth to.
    • Bible, Deuteronomy
      What man is there that hath betrothed a wife, and hath not taken her?

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