Definition of betroth :
1. To contract to any one for a marriage; to engage or promise in order to marriage; to affiance; - used esp. of a woman.
2. To nominate to a bishopric, in order to consecration.
3. To promise to take ( as a future spouse); to plight one's troth to.
operate, employ, engross, absorb, enlist, rent, mesh, become engaged, lock, occupy, plight, prosecute, affiance, take, bind, hire, promise, engage, precontract, commit oneself to, pursue, plight troth, wage, plight faith, lease, espouse, pledge, charter, undertake to marry, contract
marry (part of speech: verb)
- At the age of sixteen her father tried to betroth her to a young prince. - "Buddhism and Buddhists in China", Lewis Hodus.
- 130, 131; but in what manner they are provided in heaven, I have heard thus described by the angels: The divine providence of the Lord extends to everything, even to the minutest particulars, concerning marriages and in marriages, because all the delights of heaven spring from the delights of conjugial love, as sweet waters from the fountain- head; and on this account it is provided that conjugial pairs be born; and that they be continually educated to their several marriages under the Lord's auspices, neither the boy nor the girl knowing anything of the matter; and after a stated time, when they both become marriageable, they meet in some place as by chance, and see each other, and in this case they instantly know, as by a kind of instinct, that they are a pair, and by a kind of inward dictate think within themselves, the youth, that she is mine, and the maiden, that he is mine; and when this thought has existed some time in the mind of each, they accost each other from a deliberate purpose, and betroth themselves. - "The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love", Emanuel Swedenborg.
- He says he cannot do so, as she knows that the principal reason which has induced him to betroth Prince Charles to Princess Mary is to get a good sum of money from the King of England. - "The First Governess of the Netherlands, Margaret of Austria", Eleanor E. Tremayne.