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betrothing


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  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. 
  --Ayliffe. 




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