AskDefine | Define wive

The Collaborative Dictionary

Wive \Wive\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wived; p. pr. & vb. n. Wiving.] [AS. w[imac]fian, gew[imac]fian. See Wite.] To marry, as a man; to take a wife. [1913 Webster] Wherefore we pray you hastily to wive. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
Wive \Wive\, v. t.
To match to a wife; to provide with a wife. "An I could get me but a wife . . . I were manned, horsed, and wived." --Shak. [1913 Webster]
To take for a wife; to marry. [1913 Webster] I have wived his sister. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

Word Net



1 take (someone) as a wife
2 marry a woman, take a wife
3 provide with a wife; marry (someone) to a wife



  1. To marry a woman
  2. To provide someone with a wife
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