Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal.


tr.v. af·fi·anced, af·fi·anc·ing, af·fi·anc·es
To bind in a pledge of marriage; betroth.

[From Middle English affiaunce, assurance, from Old French, from affier, to trust to, from Medieval Latin affīdāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin fīdus, faithful; see bheidh- in Indo-European roots.]


(tr) to bind (a person or oneself) in a promise of marriage; betroth
archaic a solemn pledge, esp a marriage contract
[C14: via Old French from Medieval Latin affīdāre to trust (oneself) to, from fīdāre to trust, from fīdus faithful]


(əˈfaɪ əns)

v. -anced, -anc•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to pledge by promise of marriage; betroth.
n. Archaic.
2. a pledging of faith, as a marriage contract.
3. trust; confidence.
[1300–50; Middle English < Middle French afiance=afi(er) to pledge faith, declare on oath, betroth (< Medieval Latin affīdāre=af- af- + *fīdāre, for Latin fīdere to trust; see confide) + -ance -ance]


Past participle: affianced
Gerund: affiancing

I affiance
you affiance
he/she/it affiances
we affiance
you affiance
they affiance
I affianced
you affianced
he/she/it affianced
we affianced
you affianced
they affianced
Present Continuous
I am affiancing
you are affiancing
he/she/it is affiancing
we are affiancing
you are affiancing
they are affiancing
Present Perfect
I have affianced
you have affianced
he/she/it has affianced
we have affianced
you have affianced
they have affianced
Past Continuous
I was affiancing
you were affiancing
he/she/it was affiancing
we were affiancing
you were affiancing
they were affiancing
Past Perfect
I had affianced
you had affianced
he/she/it had affianced
we had affianced
you had affianced
they had affianced
I will affiance
you will affiance
he/she/it will affiance
we will affiance
you will affiance
they will affiance
Future Perfect
I will have affianced
you will have affianced
he/she/it will have affianced
we will have affianced
you will have affianced
they will have affianced
Future Continuous
I will be affiancing
you will be affiancing
he/she/it will be affiancing
we will be affiancing
you will be affiancing
they will be affiancing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been affiancing
you have been affiancing
he/she/it has been affiancing
we have been affiancing
you have been affiancing
they have been affiancing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been affiancing
you will have been affiancing
he/she/it will have been affiancing
we will have been affiancing
you will have been affiancing
they will have been affiancing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been affiancing
you had been affiancing
he/she/it had been affiancing
we had been affiancing
you had been affiancing
they had been affiancing
I would affiance
you would affiance
he/she/it would affiance
we would affiance
you would affiance
they would affiance
Past Conditional
I would have affianced
you would have affianced
he/she/it would have affianced
we would have affianced
you would have affianced
they would have affianced
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.affiance - give to in marriageaffiance - give to in marriage      
vow - make a vow; promise; "He vowed never to drink alcohol again"


[əˈfaɪəns] VT (frm) → prometer en matrimonio (to a) to be affiancedestar prometido (to a) to affiance o.s. toprometerse a
References in periodicals archive ?
Billions and billions' is a callously transactional, counter-productive and offensive argument to Pakistan, whose people, armed forces, economy, and infrastructure have suffered losses and pain beyond imagination during the anti-terror affiance with the United States since 2001,' he said.
We urge you to withdraw your forthcoming recommendation, which diminishes the important role of specialty medicine in Medicare," affiance members wrote to MedPAC Chairman Francis J.
In Lower Manhattan, among the hardest hit areas of NYC, 39 percent of commercial buildings in were affected by Hurricane Sandy, and approximately 320 retailers were closed for over a week after the storm, according to the Downtown Affiance.
2017 will be a fantastic year for your Technology Affiance.
TUSDEC in affiance with its public/private and development partners spurred industrial development in diverse areas such as cement garments ceramics renewable energy product design and development and skill development.
What's new: Affiance, Eminent, Mettle, Badge SC and Badge X2 crop protection products.
Thanks to financial support from partners such as Bass Pro Shops and the Archery Trade Association, individual membership in the National Deer Affiance is free.
2), (3) Although therapeutic affiance is individualized, maintaining open communication and reiterating how it is the patient's decision to consume whole food at a level at which the feeding tube can be discontinued are good places to start treatment.
Wawer currently serves as CEO of the Massachusetts Chemistry & Technology Affiance, Inc.
John and two other schools are the first Notre Dame ACE Academies in the country Launched in 2010 by the University of Notre Dame's Affiance for Catholic Education (ACE), the experiment in Catholic education reform aims to sustain such education for low-income families.
Fair Trade, organic, natural, sustainable, Rainforest Affiance and Organic Unlimited's GROW (Giving Resources and Opportunities to Workers) program are all terms shoppers are bombarded with, says Organic Unlimited's Velazquez de Leon.
Clean started 2014 off by helping out with the massive New York City Department of Sanitation and 'limes Square Affiance cleanup of Times Square following the city's NewYeat's Eve celebration.