Definition of wed in English:



[with object]
  • 1formal, archaic Get married to.

    ‘he was to wed the king's daughter’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a reward she is allowed to choose her husband and names Bertram, who unwillingly obeys the king's order to wed her.’
    • ‘She arrived from Ulster to wed King Magnus less than a year ago and was still struggling to impress him with her charm and ability.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the new English King Aella plans to wed Princess Morgana of Wales in the hope of strengthening English defenses against the Vikings.’
    • ‘The Norwegian Finance Minister who wed his gay partner, became the first married homosexual to head a government - even though it was just in an acting capacity.’
    • ‘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.’
    marry, be married, get married, be wed, become husband and wife, become man and wife, pledge one's troth, plight one's troth
    be married to, get married to, marry, be wed to, take as one's husband, take as one's wife, lead to the altar
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    1. 1.1no object Get married.
      ‘they wed a week after meeting’
      ‘they were wed in London’
      • ‘They wed in March 2003 after a two-year engagement.’
      • ‘When they wed, I was the first to congratulate them.’
      • ‘Christians often wed in Orthodox churches, and a variety of wedding types exist.’
      • ‘Usually, girls were betrothed by fourteen and wed at seventeen.’
      • ‘Of course there are still sugar daddies and gold diggers still practising the old ways, but nowhere near as many as when the married tax allowance was the main reason to wed.’
      • ‘Twice wed, he fathered five children with each wife.’
      • ‘They became engaged at the end of the fifth series and wed in the pouring rain during what was meant to be the last ever episode, an hour-length edition screened on Easter Saturday 1995.’
      • ‘When women wed, they forfeited the property rights that they enjoyed as single women.’
      • ‘Parents who are not married may wed to give legal security to their children in case of sudden or accidental death.’
      • ‘But since gays can't yet legally wed in the United States, how is ‘single’ defined?’
      • ‘Shane's older brother Liam got wed earlier this year.’
      • ‘The couple seemed destined for married bliss when they wed 32 years ago but then Janet's mother, Marjorie, moved in.’
      • ‘Those with masters or professional degrees wed on average at age 30.’
      • ‘Two years ago that separate status was removed to allow homosexuals to lawfully wed.’
      • ‘At dinner, Mrs. Jennings says she knows where the two went - to Allenham, to visit the house she imagines will be Marianne's, once the two wed.’
      • ‘I am a pragmatic person, although I do have a romantic streak, and there are practical advantages to being wed.’
      • ‘In Sweden, for instance, 70 percent of cohabiters wed after their first child is born.’
      • ‘There are still 465,000 New York men and 612,000 New York women between the ages of 35 and 54 who are not legally wed.’
      • ‘They wed in a small ceremony on the Caribbean island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Despite their sleeping arrangements, they somehow managed to be the biological, legally wed, faithfully heterosexual parents of David and Ricky.’
      married, wedded, joined in marriage, joined in matrimony, united in wedlock
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    2. 1.2 Give or join in marriage.
      ‘will you wed your daughter to him?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3as adjective wedded Of or concerning marriage.
      ‘25 years' wedded bliss’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many of these ancient practices were not just for the sake of it, but were meant to be subtle reminders of the need for mutual give and take, besides sacrifices and adjustments, to ensure wedded bliss.’
      • ‘People seem to reach a certain age and start rushing into wedded bliss with whoever comes along.’
      • ‘There is no need to describe in intricate detail the debilitating obstacle course Indonesian women and their foreign husbands must negotiate in pursuit of wedded bliss.’
      • ‘May they live in wedded bliss and harmony forever!’
      • ‘She accepts and they're off for wedded bliss until Jo and Gilly find out that they're really brother and sister!’
      • ‘You're crazy about each other and you celebrate your newly founded state of wedded bliss by jumping into bed together every chance you get.’
      • ‘But she is disappointed by what she finds - most of her students view their time there as a stepping stone to wedded bliss.’
      • ‘We wish the happy couples many more years of wedded bliss, and congratulate them on their golden wedding anniversary.’
      • ‘When it comes to wedded bliss, walking down the aisle is the easy part.’
      • ‘Congratulations to them on 35 years of wedded bliss.’
      • ‘I love her, but I just don't think I'm cut out for a life of wedded bliss.’
      • ‘Also belated anniversary wishes to William and Paula from all their families; they celebrated 12 years of wedded bliss on 26th November.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The reception was held in The Castlecourt Hotel, Westport, and we wish Dermot and Kathy every good wish for the future, health and happiness and many years of wedded bliss.’
      • ‘This novel is filled with enough drama and humor to keep readers up all night to find out what happens next in Montana's determined quest for wedded bliss.’
      • ‘For instance, if marriage is the cornerstone of civilization, then why not allow gays and lesbians access to wedded bliss?’
      • ‘The couple, aged 77 and 81 respectively, are founder members of the club, and think mutual interests and plenty of activity are key to wedded bliss.’
      • ‘John's many friends in Charlestown wish him and his bride Kelly every good wish for the future and many happy years of wedded bliss and look forward to catching up with them on his next visit home to the Charlestown area.’
      • ‘We wish Niamh and Jim many years of wedded bliss.’
      married, matrimonial, marital, conjugal, connubial, nuptial, marriage, wedding
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  • 2Combine (two factors or qualities, especially desirable ones)

    ‘in this album he weds an excellent programme with a distinctive vocal style’
    • ‘It's as if the notions of ‘food’ and ‘pyramid’ were forever wedded, regardless of the arrangement of details.’
    • ‘Its evangelical work and social reform work were wedded together.’
    • ‘And these two roles can be wed to one another, as well.’
    • ‘Maybe his convincing films, which wed the physically linear quality of drawing to the temporally linear quality of moving images, have altered my vision.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is very little conventional ‘melody’ in the opera, but the words and music are so wedded together that a remembered phrase can recall the way it was shaped.’
    • ‘But these two theories are incompatible with each other in their present forms; at least one of them, and almost certainly both, must undergo substantial revision if they are to be wedded together.’
    unite, unify, join, link, connect, combine, amalgamate, fuse, integrate, weld, bond, stick together, bring together, knit together, glue, cement, coalesce, merge
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    1. 2.1be wedded to Be obstinately attached or devoted to (an activity, belief, or system)
      ‘the government was wedded to budgetary orthodoxy’
      • ‘The Labour Party is wedded to capitalism and the competition for profit that makes the system tick.’
      • ‘They appear to be wedded to feudal customs and practices.’
      • ‘As long as our economic cycle is wedded to that of the US, EMU will mean that our interest rates will be low when they should be high and high when they should be low.’
      • ‘Eccentricities, habits, and beliefs: Hardy was a bachelor all his life and was wedded to mathematics.’
      • ‘But this didn't matter so long as you had a conservative elite which was wedded to the principles of liberty.’
      • ‘His shrewd assessment of political reality was wedded to a belief in the necessity of moral idealism in human affairs.’
      • ‘On the other hand the bureaucrats were wedded to social partnership and wanted to avoid conflict with the authorities at all costs.’
      • ‘He is also leader of the Romanian Socialist Workers' Party, which is wedded to nationalist policies accused of breeding dissent between the region's ethnic groups.’
      • ‘This is politically difficult in a country that emits 25% of the world's carbon dioxide and is wedded to cheap petrol and big cars.’
      • ‘Economists at the time were wedded to using their tools exclusively for analyzing the consequences of government policies that were selected by the political process.’
      • ‘All these people have much to offer us, but they will never be able to put their ideas into action while they are stuck in a party that is wedded to the increasingly outdated notion of independence.’
      • ‘Like many others of her background, Nightingale was wedded to her work.’
      • ‘She told her children that our country was the place to go in that it was wedded to the idea of due process which, I believe, first found expression in Magna Carta.’
      • ‘Oddly, this is an issue neither side is wedded to.’
      • ‘Since the 1970s, environmentalists have been wedded to the notion that nuclear power is the epitome of evil.’
      • ‘But from its inception, the Labor party was wedded to the capitalist profit system.’
      • ‘He was wedded to a sense of service which found expression in numerous ways, but especially in his membership of local councils.’
      • ‘A lot of people recognise his intellectual ability, his leadership and the fact that he is wedded to the values of the party.’
      • ‘We know, of course, that historically the Kabbalists were wedded to traditional Jewish practice, even as they added to it by way of innovation.’
      • ‘I played a photographer - one who was wedded to the bottle.’
      dedicated to, devoted to, attached to, fixated on, obsessive about, fanatical about, single-minded about, addicted to, hell-bent on
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Old English weddian, from the Germanic base of Scots wed ‘a pledge’; related to Latin vas ‘surety’, also to gage.