to marry a woman; take a wife
Origin of wiveMiddle English wiven ; from Old English wifian, to take a wife ; from wif, woman, wife
- to marry (a woman); take for a wife
- to provide with a wife
verbwived, wiv·ing, wives
- To marry (a woman).
- To provide a wife for.
To marry a woman.
Origin of wiveMiddle English wiven, from Old English w&imacron;fian, from w&imacron;f, woman.
(third-person singular simple present wives, present participle wiving, simple past and past participle wived)