betroth

(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. publish the banns, become engaged, bestow one's hand, give one's hand, contract, pledge, promise, precontract, plight faith, plight troth, bind, engage, affiance, commit oneself to, undertake to marry, espouse.

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  • betroth — [bē trōth′, bētrôth′; bitrōth′, bitrôth′] vt. [ME bitrouthen < be , BE + treuthe < OE treowth, truth] 1. Obs. to promise to marry 2. to promise in marriage [to betroth a daughter] …   English World dictionary

  • Betroth — Be*troth , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Betrothed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Betrothing}.] [Pref. be + troth, i. e., truth. See {Truth}.] 1. To contract to any one for a marriage; to engage or promise in order to marriage; to affiance; used esp. of a woman.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • betroth — (v.) c.1300, betrouthen, from bi , here probably with a sense of thoroughly, + M.E. treowðe truth, from O.E. treowðe truth, a pledge (see TROTH (Cf. troth)). Related: BETROTHED (Cf. Betrothed); betrothing …   Etymology dictionary

  • betroth — [v] marry affiance, become engaged, bind, commit, contract, engage, espouse, give one’s hand, make compact, plight faith, plight troth, promise, tie oneself to, vow; concept 297 Ant. divorce, leave, separate …   New thesaurus

  • betroth — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from be + trouthe truth, troth Date: 14th century 1. to promise to marry 2. to give in marriage …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • betroth — /bi trohdh , trawth /, v.t. 1. to arrange for the marriage of; affiance (usually used in passive constructions): The couple was betrothed with the approval of both families. 2. Archaic. to promise to marry. [1275 1325; ME betrouthe, var. of… …   Universalium

  • betroth — verb /bəˈtroʊð,bəˈtrɔθ/ To promise to give in marriage. He betrothed his daughter to a distant relative. See Also: affiance, fiancé, fiancée, plight, troth, marriage …   Wiktionary

  • Betroth —    To promise by one s truth. Men and women were betrothed when they were engaged to be married. This usually took place a year or more before marriage. From the time of betrothal the woman was regarded as the lawful wife of the man to whom she… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • betroth — v. (rare) (B) they were betrothed to each other at an early age * * * [bɪ trəʊð] (rare) (B) they were betrothed to each other at an early age …   Combinatory dictionary

  • betroth — see TRUE …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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