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See also: Wed, wed., we'd, and Wed.




From Middle English wedden, weddien, from Old English weddian (to pledge; wed), from Proto-Germanic *wadjōną (to pledge), from *wadją, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wedʰ- (to pledge). Cognate with Scots wed, wod, wad (to wed), Saterland Frisian wädje (to bet, wager), West Frisian wedzje (to bet, wager), Low German and Dutch wedden (to bet), German wetten (to bet), Danish vædde (to bet), Swedish vädja (to appeal), Icelandic veðja (to bet). Related also to gage, engage, and wage.


wed (third-person singular simple present weds, present participle wedding, simple past and past participle wed or wedded)

  1. (transitive) To perform the marriage ceremony for; to join in matrimony.
    The priest wed the couple.
    • Milton
      And Adam, wedded to another Eve, / Shall live with her.
  2. (transitive) To take as one's spouse.
    She wed her first love.
  3. (intransitive) To take a spouse.
  4. (figuratively, transitive) To join (more or less permanently)
    • Shakespeare
      Thou art wedded to calamity.
    • Tillotson
      Men are wedded to their lusts.
    • 2008, Bradley Simpson, Economists with Guns, page 72:
      [] the PPS paper proposed a political doctrine that wedded modernization theory to U.S. support for national security states []
  5. (figuratively, intransitive) To take to oneself and support; to espouse.
    • Clarendon
      They positively and concernedly wedded his cause.
  6. (obsolete, rare) To commit.
  7. (Northern England, Scotland) To wager, stake, bet, place a bet, make a wager.
    I'd wed my head on that.




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Etymology 1[edit]



  1. first-person singular present indicative of wedden
  2. imperative of wedden

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle Dutch wedde, from Old Dutch *weddi, from Proto-Germanic *wadją.


wed n (plural wedden, diminutive wedje n)

  1. ford, shallow river crossing
  2. drinking place for animals
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