betroth

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English bitrouthen, bitreuthen, from treuthe (truth), from Old English trēowþe (truth, pledge, troth). Equivalent to be- +‎ troth.

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

  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.

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