marry

verb
mar·​ry | \ ˈmer-ē , 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

marry

interjection

Definition of marry (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms for marry

Synonyms: Verb

wed

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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

Prince Albert designed the coronet for his wife in 1840, the year the two married. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Victoria's Stunning Crown Is Set to Go on View at the V&A Museum," 5 Feb. 2019 The duo didn’t actually become a couple for another two years, and married four years later in a medieval-themed wedding ceremony on the beach in Malibu, followed by shots of tequila. Samantha Drake, Country Living, "Christopher Meloni and His Wife Sherman Share the Secret to Their 20+ Year Marriage," 12 Jan. 2019 Of course, nothing goes according to plan when the two identical (but not related) girls decide to try and prevent Alyssa’s father from marrying a snobby woman named Clarice. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Which Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Movie You Should Watch According to Your Zodiac Sign," 2 Jan. 2019 Democratic pollster Celinda Lake showed me polling that had married men voting 51 percent Republican and 48 percent Democrat, but their wives voted 54 percent Democrat and just 44 Republican, a notable marital break from prior elections. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The suburbs abandoned Republicans in 2018, and they might not be coming back.," 26 Dec. 2018 Some are married, some have kids, some want kids, others are heartbroken, others are falling in love for the first time. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "15 Netflix Shows With the Hottest Sex Scenes You Need to Watch," 21 Dec. 2018 Christina and Tarek were married for seven years and filed for divorce in January of 2016. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "Tarek El Moussa Just Opened Up About Christina's New Marriage," 11 Jan. 2019 Nobody had a solution for me except ... Getting married. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: ‘Dear America’ author Jose Antonio Vargas on Recode Decode," 24 Nov. 2018 Later, we were married in a sheepfold overlooking the ribbon of river that winds through small agricultural plots and quiet towns huddled up against the road. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of marry

Verb

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

Interjection

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for marry

Verb

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

Interjection

Middle English marie, from Marie, the Virgin Mary

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marry

verb

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)

marry

verb
mar·​ry | \ ˈmer-ē \
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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