Definition of husband verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

husband

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈhʌzbənd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌzbənd//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they husband
BrE BrE//ˈhʌzbənd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌzbənd//
 
he / she / it husbands
BrE BrE//ˈhʌzbəndz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌzbəndz//
 
past simple husbanded
BrE BrE//ˈhʌzbəndɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌzbəndɪd//
 
past participle husbanded
BrE BrE//ˈhʌzbəndɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌzbəndɪd//
 
-ing form husbanding
BrE BrE//ˈhʌzbəndɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌzbəndɪŋ//
 
 
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husband something (formal) to use something very carefully and make sure that you do not waste it Times are hard and we have to husband our resources. She waited, husbanding her strength for her next visitors. Word Origin late Old English in the senses ‘male head of a household’ and ‘manager, steward’, from Old Norse húsomebodyóndi ‘master of a house’, from hús ‘house’ + bóndi ‘occupier and tiller of the soil’. The original sense of the verb was ‘till, cultivate’.
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