What does wive mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wiveverb

    take (someone) as a wife

  2. wiveverb

    marry a woman, take a wife

  3. wiveverb

    provide with a wife; marry (someone) to a wife


  1. wiveverb

    To marry (a woman).

  2. wiveverb

    To provide (someone) with a wife.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Wiveverb

    She dying gave it me;
    And bid me, when my fate would have me wiv’d,
    To give it her. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    If he have the condition of a saint, and the complexion of a devil, I had rather he should shrive me than wive me. William Shakespeare.

  2. To Wiveverb

    To marry; to take a wife.

    Etymology: from wife.

    Were she as rough
    As are the swelling Adriatick seas,
    I come to wive it wealthily in Padua. William Shakespeare.

    The ancient saying is no heresy,
    Hanging and wiving goes by destiny. William Shakespeare.

    A shop of all qualities that man loves woman for; besides that hook of wiving, fairness, which strikes the eye. William Shakespeare.

    Design or chance makes others wive,
    But nature did this match contrive. Edmund Waller.


  1. wive

    A wife (PL: wives) is a female in a marital relationship. A woman who has separated from her partner continues to be a wife until the marriage is legally dissolved with a divorce judgement. On the death of her partner, a wife is referred to as a widow. The rights and obligations of a wife in relation to her partner and her status in the community and in law vary between cultures and have varied over time.


  1. wive

    To wive is an old-fashioned or formal term meaning to take a woman as a wife or to marry a woman. It can also refer to the act of providing a spouse or wife for someone.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wiveverb

    to marry, as a man; to take a wife

  2. Wiveverb

    to match to a wife; to provide with a wife

  3. Wiveverb

    to take for a wife; to marry

  4. Etymology: [AS. wfian, gewfian. See Wite.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wive

    wīv, v.t. to take for a wife: to provide with a wife.—v.i. to marry.—n. Wive′hood (Spens.), wifehood. [A.S. wífianwíf, wife.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wive in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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