Middle English , wedden , from weddien 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
wed ( third-person singular simple present , weds present participle , wedding simple past and past participle wed or ) wedded
( transitive ) To perform the marriage ceremony for; to join in matrimony.
The priest wed the couple. Milton
wedded to another Eve, / Shall live with her.
( transitive ) To take as one's spouse.
She wed her first love.
( intransitive ) To take a spouse.
( figuratively , transitive ) To join (more or less permanently)
wedded to calamity. Tillotson
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 [… ]
( figuratively , intransitive ) To take to oneself and support; to espouse.
They positively and concernedly
wedded his cause.
transitive: to take as one's spouse
intransitive: to take a spouse
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