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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.]
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(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]
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v. -anced, -anc•ing,
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]
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Past participle: affianced
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affiance[əˈfaɪəns] VT (frm) → prometer en matrimonio (to a) to be affianced → estar prometido (to a) to affiance o.s. to → prometerse a
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