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English Dictionary: betroth by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
betroth
v
  1. give to in marriage [syn: betroth, engage, affiance, plight]
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.

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
   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 was
      betrothed (Deut. 28:30; Judg. 14:2, 8; Matt. 1:18-21). The term
      is figuratively employed of the spiritual connection between God
      and his people (Hos. 2:19, 20).
     
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