- 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.]
- 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.]
- To nominate to a bishopric, in order to consecration.
Etymology: Pref. be- + troth, i. e., truth. See Truth