wed

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PIE root
*wedʰ-

From Middle English wedden, weddien, from Old English weddian ‎(to pledge; wed), from Proto-Germanic *wadjōną ‎(to pledge), 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), 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.

Verb[edit]

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.

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Verb[edit]

wed

  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.

Noun[edit]

wed n ‎(plural wedden, diminutive wedje n)

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