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. [1913 Webster]

He, in the first flower of my freshest age, Betrothed me unto the only heir. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Ay, and we are betrothed. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To promise to take (as a future spouse); to plight one's troth to. [1913 Webster]

What man is there that hath betrothed a wife, and hath not taken her? --Deut. xx. 7. [1913 Webster]

3. To nominate to a bishopric, in order to consecration. --Ayliffe. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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