wed

To wed is to get married to someone. Your dream might be to wed your dream spouse in Hawaii some day.

The verb wed is mainly used in a formal context — marry is more common. You can also use either word to mean "join in marriage" or "perform a marriage ceremony," like when the Archbishop of Canterbury weds members of British royalty. Wed shares a Germanic root with words in various languages meaning "pledge," but also "bet or wager."

Definitions of wed
  1. verb
    take in marriage
    synonyms: conjoin, espouse, get hitched with, get married, hook up with, marry
    marry, splice, tie
    perform a marriage ceremony
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    inmarry
    marry within one's own tribe or group
    mismarry
    marry an unsuitable partner
    wive
    marry a woman, take a wife
    wive
    take (someone) as a wife
    intermarry
    marry within the same ethnic, social, or family group
    remarry
    marry, not for the first time
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    unify, unite
    act in concert or unite in a common purpose or belief
  2. verb
    perform a marriage ceremony
    “We were wed the following week”
    synonyms: marry, splice, tie
    conjoin, espouse, get hitched with, get married, hook up with, marry
    take in marriage
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    solemnise, solemnize
    perform (the wedding ceremony) with proper ceremonies
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    officiate
    act in an official capacity in a ceremony or religious ritual, such as a wedding
  3. adjective
    having been taken in marriage
    synonyms: wedded
    married
    joined in matrimony
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