Definition of wed in English:

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Pronunciation: /wɛd/

verb (weds, wedding; past and past participle wedded or wed)

[with object]
1chiefly formal or archaic Get married to: he was to wed the king’s daughter
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  • When a Swazi princess weds a Zulu king, she wears red touraco wing feathers around her forehead and a cape of windowbird feathers and ox tails.
  • He could tell that Shannon was taken aback by the news of King Nick refusing to wed anyone else, but throughout the meal she was concocting another plan, one that he will never forget.
  • Meanwhile, the new English King Aella plans to wed Princess Morgana of Wales in the hope of strengthening English defenses against the Vikings.
marry, get/be married, be wed, become husband and wife, become man and wife, plight/pledge one's troth
informal tie the knot, walk down the aisle, take the plunge, get spliced, get hitched, get yoked, say ‘I do’
archaic become espoused
get/be married to, marry, be wed to, take as one's wife/husband, lead to the altar
informal get hitched to, get spliced to, tie the knot with, make an honest woman of
archaic espouse, wive
1.1 [no object] Get married: they wed a week after meeting (be wed) they were wed in London
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  • Shane's older brother Liam got wed earlier this year.
  • Hortensio desperately wants to marry Bianca; however, Baptista will not allow his younger daughter to marry any man before his older Katherine has first wed.
  • But since gays can't yet legally wed in the United States, how is ‘single’ defined?
1.2Give or join in marriage: will you wed your daughter to him?
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  • The theme of a pushy mum endeavoring to wed her daughters to rich suitors fits naturally into an Indian setting where arranged marriages have much scope for comedy.
  • The church began spending money to fight gay marriage in the 1990s, when Hawaii was expected to become the first state to legally wed same-sex couples.
1.3 (as adjective wedded) Of or concerning marriage: 25 years' wedded bliss
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  • Now, 50 years on and with a century of wedded bliss between them, they will celebrate their nuptials on Boxing Day with brunch with friends and family at the Belfry Hotel after a champagne reception hosted by their children.
  • On the celebration of their 50th, Peggy's brother, Fr. Seamus McEvoy, celebrated the Nuptial Mass and wished them both many more years of wedded bliss.
  • We wish the happy couples many more years of wedded bliss, and congratulate them on their golden wedding anniversary.
2Combine (two factors or qualities, especially desirable ones): in this album he weds an excellent programme with a distinctive vocal style
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  • That he has prospered this season is perhaps testament to new manager Jim Duffy's ability to wed the adventurous elements of the Italian's passing approach with a more studied gameplan.
  • Maybe his convincing films, which wed the physically linear quality of drawing to the temporally linear quality of moving images, have altered my vision.
  • Its evangelical work and social reform work were wedded together.
unite, unify, join, link, connect, combine, amalgamate, fuse, integrate, weld, bond, stick together, bring together, knit together, glue, cement, coalesce, merge
2.1 (be wedded to) Be obstinately attached or devoted to (an activity, belief, or system): the government was wedded to budgetary orthodoxy
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  • His shrewd assessment of political reality was wedded to a belief in the necessity of moral idealism in human affairs.
  • But from its inception, the Labor party was wedded to the capitalist profit system.
  • Eccentricities, habits, and beliefs: Hardy was a bachelor all his life and was wedded to mathematics.


Old English weddian, from the Germanic base of Scots wed 'a pledge'; related to Latin vas 'surety', also to gage1.

Words that rhyme with wed

abed, ahead, bed, behead, Birkenhead, bled, bread, bred, coed, cred, crossbred, dead, dread, Ed, embed, Enzed, fed, fled, Fred, gainsaid, head, infrared, ked, lead, led, Med, misled, misread, Ned, outspread, premed, pure-bred, read, red, redd, said, samoyed, shed, shred, sked, sled, sped, Spithead, spread, stead, ted, thread, tread, underbred, underfed

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