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sponso, āre, v. a. [sponsus], to betroth, affiance, espouse (post-class.).

I. Lit.: aliquam, Dig. 23, 2, 38; Tert. Vel. Virg. 11.—

II. Trop.: animam, Paul. Nol. Carm. 18, 43: et sponsabo te mihi in sempiternum, Vulg. Osee, 2, 19; 2, 20.