Wid·ow, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Widowed p. pr. & vb. n. Widowing.]
1. To reduce to the condition of a widow; to bereave of a husband; -- rarely used except in the past participle.
Though in thus city he
Hath widowed and unchilded many a one,
Which to this hour bewail the injury. --Shak.
2. To deprive of one who is loved; to strip of anything beloved or highly esteemed; to make desolate or bare; to bereave.
The widowed isle, in mourning,
Dries up her tears. --Dryden.
Tress of their shriveled fruits
Are widowed, dreary storms o'er all prevail. --J. Philips.
Mourn, widowed queen; forgotten Sion, mourn. --Heber.
3. To endow with a widow's right. [R.]
4. To become, or survive as, the widow of. [Obs.]
Let me be married to three kings in a forenoon, and widow
them all. --Shak.
adj : single because of death of the spouse