mar·​ry | \ ˈmer-ē How to pronounce marry (audio) , ˈma-rē\
married; marrying

Definition of marry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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
2 : to unite in close and usually permanent relation

intransitive verb

1 : to take a spouse : wed He first married at twenty.
2 : combine, unite seafood marries with other flavors
marry into
: to become a member of by marriage married into a prominent family



Definition of marry (Entry 2 of 2)

used for emphasis and especially to express amused or surprised agreement

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Synonyms: Verb


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Examples of marry in a Sentence


He married his college sweetheart. I asked her to marry me. “Will you marry me?” “Yes, I will.” They married for love, not money. The minister has married more than 100 couples. They hope to have a priest marry them. They were married by a justice of the peace.
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Justice Abrams, who never married, retired in 2000 at 70, mandatory retirement age for judges., "Ruth I. Abrams, who was appointed by Governor Michael Dukakis as the first woman on the state’s highest court in 1977 and remained the only female jurist there for more than two decades, died Thursday at age 88.," 16 Sep. 2019 Sole breadwinners married to homemakers face this as well. Carolyn Hax, oregonlive, "Carolyn Hax: Jealous of husband’s early retirement - or is it something else?," 16 Sep. 2019 Nimmo said that, apart from the shooting, Huynh had led a crime-free life and afterward, married and ran a string of nail salon businesses around the county. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Freeway shooter from 2000 killing gets 50 to life in prison — again," 13 Sep. 2019 People aren’t getting married and this is one of the reasons. Priscella Vega, Daily Pilot, "Divorced H.B. man again seeks to reform California’s ‘outdated’ alimony law," 11 Sep. 2019 Harlan's daughter Linda (Jamie Lee Curtis) is a real estate maven married to smug philanderer Richard (Don Johnson). David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Knives Out': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 8 Sep. 2019 He was born in Woodland Hills, Calif., and married his wife, Carli, at the end of the 2018 season. Fox News, "Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died of accidental overdose: coroner," 30 Aug. 2019 The Navajo people are discouraged from dating or marrying someone with matching maternal and paternal clans. Shondiin Silversmith, azcentral, "What is the Navajo clan system? What it means to introduce yourself in Navajo," 29 Aug. 2019 In 1834, the two men became family when Armfield married Franklin's niece. Hannah Natanson, Anchorage Daily News, "They were once America’s cruelest, richest slave traders. Why does no one know their names?," 17 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of marry


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for marry


Middle English marien, from Anglo-French marier, from Latin maritare, from maritus married


Middle English marie, from Marie, the Virgin Mary

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English Language Learners Definition of marry

: 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)


mar·​ry | \ ˈmer-ē How to pronounce marry (audio) \
married; marrying

Kids Definition of marry

1 : to take for husband or wife She married her high school sweetheart.
2 : to become joined in marriage
3 : to join in marriage They were married by a priest.
4 : to give in marriage They married off all their children.

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