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 for spouse
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spouse \Spouse\ (spouz), v. t. [See Espouse, and Spouse, n.]
     To wed; to espouse. [Obs.]
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           This markis hath her spoused with a ring. --Chaucer.
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           Though spoused, yet wanting wedlock's solemnize.
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           She was found again, and spoused to Marinell.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spouse \Spouse\ (spouz), n. [OF. espous, espos, fem. espouse, F.
     ['e]poux, ['e]pouse, fr. L. sponsus, sponsa, prop. p. p. of
     spondere, sponsum, to promise solemnly, to engage one's self.
     Cf. Despond, Espouse, Respond, Sponsor.]
     1. A man or woman engaged or joined in wedlock; a married
        person, husband or wife.
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              At last such grace I found, and means I wrought,
              That I that lady to my spouse had won. --Spenser.
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     2. A married man, in distinction from a spousess or
        married woman; a bridegroom or husband. [Obs.]
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              At which marriage was [were] no persons present but
              the spouse, the spousess, the Duchess of Bedford her
              mother, the priest, two gentlewomen, and a young
              man.                                  --Fabyan.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a person's partner in marriage [syn: spouse, partner,
           married person, mate, better half]

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     (Cant. 4:8-12; Hos. 4:13, 14) may denote either husband or wife,
     but in the Scriptures it denotes only the latter.

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