• To make a widow or widower of someone; to cause the death of the spouse of.
  • To strip of anything valued.
  • To endow with a widow's right.
  • To be widow to.


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  • From Middle English widwe, from Old English widuwe, from Proto-West Germanic *widuwā, from Proto-Germanic *widuwǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁widʰéwh₂, possibly from *h₁weydʰh₁-, *weydʰ-, whence also wood from Old English widu, wudu.
  • Cognates include German Witwe, Dutch weduwe, Gothic 𐍅𐌹𐌳𐌿𐍅𐍉, Old Irish fedb, Latin vidua, Old Church Slavonic въдова, Sanskrit विधवा and Persian بیوه (bīve / bēwa) , Middle Persian wēwag, Avestan viðavā- "widow" .

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