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 While on a trip to Greece in October 2021, Ruelas asked Giudice to marry him. Catherine Santino,, 10 May 2022 Taylor finds himself at the centre of a growing empire, earning serious money and the ability to marry and support the love of his life, Lilly (Bakalova). Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 May 2022 At the funeral, Ryan (Michael Shenefelt) asks Helen (who’s now in a relationship with Erik, played by Dion Johnstone) to marry him, while Maddie learns that ex-husband Bill (Chris Klein) is the biological father of Isaac (Chris Medlin). Michael Schneider, Variety, 4 May 2022 After introducing her to the crowd as his girlfriend, White then presented a ring and asked her to marry him. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 9 Apr. 2022 What are telltale signs that a man is ready to marry you? Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 16 Mar. 2022 There’s the stern neighborhood imam (Saleh Sambo), who scolds Amina for her less-than-perfect mosque attendance, and Brahim (Youssouf Djaoro), a friendly older merchant who insistently asks her to marry him. Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2022 Midway through the second half, a UC San Diego fan hopped into the aisle at Viejas Arena, dropped to a knee and asked his girlfriend to marry him. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Dec. 2021 Reynolds, who read Ms. Wilson a love letter and asked her to marry them. New York Times, 19 Nov. 2021 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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14 May 2022

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“Marry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 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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