conjoin vs wed what difference

what is difference between conjoin and wed



From Old French conjoindre, from Latin coniungo, from com- together + iungo join, equivalent to con- +‎ join


  • IPA(key): /kənˈdʒɔɪn/
  • Rhymes: -ɔɪn


conjoin (third-person singular simple present conjoins, present participle conjoining, simple past and past participle conjoined)

  1. (transitive) To join together; to unite; to combine.
    They are representatives that will loosely conjoin a nation.
  2. (transitive) To marry.
    I will conjoin you in holy matrimony.
  3. (transitive, grammar) To join as coordinate elements, often with a coordinating conjunction, such as coordinate clauses.
  4. (transitive, mathematics) To combine two sets, conditions, or expressions by a logical AND; to intersect.
  5. (intransitive) To unite, to join, to league.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. XVI, St. Edmund
      And the Body of one Dead; — a temple where the Hero-soul once was and now is not: Oh, all mystery, all pity, all mute awe and wonder; Supernaturalism brought home to the very dullest; Eternity laid open, and the nether Darkness and the upper Light-Kingdoms; — do conjoin there, or exist nowhere!


  • (to join together): affix, attach, join, put together; see also Thesaurus:join
  • (to marry): bewed, wed; see also Thesaurus:marry

Derived terms

Related terms

  • conjunction
  • conjunctiva
  • conjunctive


Further reading

  • Conjoin @ The Internet Grammar of English



From Middle English wedden, weddien, from Old English weddian (to pledge; wed), from Proto-West Germanic *waddjōn, from Proto-Germanic *wadjōną (to pledge), from *wadją (pledge), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wedʰ- (to pledge).

Cognate with Scots wed, wod, wad (to wed), Saterland Frisian wädje (to bet, wager), West Frisian wedzje (to bet, wager), Low German and Dutch wedden (to bet), German wetten (to bet), Danish vædde (to bet), Swedish vädja (to appeal), Icelandic veðja (to bet); more distantly, to Sanskrit वधू (vadhū́, bride). Related also to gage, engage, and wage.


  • enPR: wĕdʹ, IPA(key): /ˈwɛd/
  • Rhymes: -ɛd


wed (third-person singular simple present weds, present participle wedding, simple past and past participle wed or wedded)

  1. (transitive) To perform the marriage ceremony for; to join in matrimony.
  2. (transitive) To take as one’s spouse.
    • 2017 September 27, David Browne, “Hugh Hefner, ‘Playboy’ Founder, Dead at 91,” Rolling Stone
      In 1989, he wed Playmate Kimberley Conrad, a marriage that ended in 2010. In 2013, he married his younger girlfriend, Crystal Harris, with whom he was still wed at the time of his death.
  3. (intransitive) To take a spouse.
  4. (reciprocal) To take each other as a spouse.
  5. (figuratively, transitive) To join or commit to, more or less permanently, as if in marriage.
    • 1663, John Tillotson, The Wisdom of being Religious
      Men are wedded to their lusts.
  6. (figuratively, intransitive) To take to oneself and support; to espouse.
  7. (Northern England, Scotland) To wager, stake, bet, place a bet, make a wager.


  • marry



  • The Dictionary of the Scots Language


  • DEW, Dew, dew



  • Rhymes: -ɛt

Etymology 1



  1. first-person singular present indicative of wedden
  2. imperative of wedden

Etymology 2

From Middle Dutch wedde, from Old Dutch *weddi, from Proto-West Germanic *wadi, from Proto-Germanic *wadją.


wed n (plural wedden, diminutive wedje n)

  1. ford, shallow river crossing
  2. drinking place for animals
  • (ford): voorde
Related terms
  • wad
  • waden

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