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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 be·troth /bɪˈtroð, ˈtrɔθ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Be·troth v. t. [imp. & p. p. Betrothed p. pr. & vb. n. Betrothing.]
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v : give to in marriage [syn: engage, affiance, plight]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    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).