Betroth

Definition of Betroth

Be`troth´
v. t.1.To contract to any one for a marriage; to engage or promise in order to marriage; to affiance; - used esp. of a woman.
[imp. & p. p. Betrothed ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Betrothing.]
He, in the first flower of my freshest age,
Betrothed me unto the only heir.
- Spenser.
Ay, and we are betrothed.
- Shak.
2.To promise to take (as a future spouse); to plight one's troth to.
What man is there that hath betrothed a wife, and hath not taken her?
- Deut. xx. 7.
3.To nominate to a bishopric, in order to consecration.

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affiance, betrothal, engage, espousal, plight, vow
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