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

 

widow

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈwɪdəʊ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪdoʊ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they widow
BrE BrE//ˈwɪdəʊ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪdoʊ//
 
he / she / it widows
BrE BrE//ˈwɪdəʊz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪdoʊz//
 
past simple widowed
BrE BrE//ˈwɪdəʊd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪdoʊd//
 
past participle widowed
BrE BrE//ˈwɪdəʊd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪdoʊd//
 
-ing form widowing
BrE BrE//ˈwɪdəʊɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪdoʊɪŋ//
 
 
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be widowed if somebody is widowed, their husband or wife has died She was widowed when she was 35. Word Origin Old English widewe, from an Indo-European root meaning ‘be empty’; compare with Sanskrit vidh ‘be destitute’, Latin viduus ‘bereft, widowed’, and Greek ēitheos ‘unmarried man’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: widow