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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In cases where a pregnancy was involved, Florida law at the time allowed for people to marry at any age with a judge’s approval and consent from a parent. Author: Timothy Bella, Anchorage Daily News, 22 May 2021 The small group of reactionary academics warming their hands around the fires of Catholic integralism, for instance, argue that the failure to marry the power of the church with the power of the state is, in fact, the main cause of the decline. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 10 May 2021 The space, then, aims to marry ecological justice with social justice. Bebe Howorth, ELLE Decor, 22 Apr. 2021 Think of it as a sort of next-generation Toy Story Midway Mania, as the ride will marry video game techniques with a more defined narrative. Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2021 But if our goal had been to marry the noodles with sauce—say red pesto or brown butter or cream and peas or oil sizzled with garlic and anchovies—that rinse would have been highly counterproductive. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, 17 Mar. 2021 Mamahuhu is working to marry Chinese-American cuisine with healthy, sustainable living. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, 2 Mar. 2021 At the inception of launching her brand last year Stucko was inspired to preserve Italian luxury shoemaking, and found a creative way to marry it with the various ways footwear is striving to be more sustainable. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 The challenge is to marry them with suburban voters who have historically voted for Republicans but defected to the Democrats, and President Biden, in 2018 and 2020. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, 20 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of marry was in the 14th century

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7 Jun 2021

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“Marry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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

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