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

Synonyms for marry

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of marry in a Sentence

Verb 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Cabral accused Ramos of almost taking McClurg out of California to marry her before the court prevented it. al, 3 Aug. 2022 Cabral accused Ramos of almost taking McClurg out of California to marry her before the court prevented it. Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2022 And, funny enough, Diggs later returned to Round Hill to marry fellow actress Idina Menzel. Jordi Lippe-mcgraw, Forbes, 31 July 2022 Then movie serves as a positive counter-stereotype to the trope of a pretty woman needing to marry for money or security. Lynnette Nicholas, Essence, 29 July 2022 The decision of whom to marry should be his, not his mother’s. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 28 July 2022 Amir, 20, jobless, desperately needs bride money to marry Narges. John Hopewell, Variety, 26 July 2022 Sticking to a cohesive color palette also helps marry the old and new, Gross says. Marissa Hermanson, Washington Post, 26 July 2022 In order to marry well, she's forced to hide her ethnic coloring under makeup for years. ABC News, 25 July 2022 See More

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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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“Marry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for marry


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 judge.
4 : to give in marriage They married off all their children.

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