verb \ˈmer-ē, ˈma-rē\

: to become the husband or wife of (someone) : to become joined with (someone) in marriage

: to perform a ceremony in which two people get married

: to find a husband or wife for (your child)


Full Definition of MARRY

transitive verb
a :  to join in marriage according to law or custom
b :  to give in marriage <married his daughter to his partner's son>
c :  to take as spouse :  wed <married the girl next door>
d :  to perform the ceremony of marriage for <a priest will marry them>
e :  to obtain by marriage <marry wealth>
:  to unite in close and usually permanent relation
intransitive verb
:  to take a spouse :  wed
:  combine, unite <seafood marries with other flavors>
marry into
:  to become a member of by marriage <married into a prominent family>

Examples of MARRY

  1. He married his college sweetheart.
  2. I asked her to marry me.
  3. Will you marry me? Yes, I will.
  4. They married for love, not money.
  5. The minister has married more than 100 couples.
  6. They hope to have a priest marry them.
  7. They were married by a justice of the peace.

Origin of MARRY

Middle English marien, from Anglo-French marier, from Latin maritare, from maritus married
First Known Use: 14th century

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Rhymes with MARRY



Definition of MARRY

—used for emphasis and especially to express amused or surprised agreement

Origin of MARRY

Middle English marie, from Marie, the Virgin Mary
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with MARRY


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