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 Lori Vallow and Joseph Ryan married in 2000 but divorced four years later when Tylee was just 18 months old, Cushing said. Fox News, "Teen's cell phone found in Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell missing children case: report," 13 Feb. 2020 Nine months after Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner got married in a Las Vegas wedding, multiple outlets are reporting that the Game Of Thrones star is pregnant with their first child. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Sophie Turner Reportedly Pregnant With Her & Joe Jonas’ First Child," 12 Feb. 2020 Yet such books and movies are dated and don’t account for the fact that less people are getting married, more women are achieving higher levels of education and that technology has shifted the etiquette of modern relationships. Gwen Aviles, NBC News, "Meet the woman behind the anonymous viral social media accounts advocating for healthy relationships," 12 Feb. 2020 New legislation introduced in the Senate would change the offense of bigamy, when two people marry while at least one of them is already legally married, from a felony to an infraction. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Bigamy is a felony in Utah. A new bill would change it to an infraction," 11 Feb. 2020 Margery’s Valentine must have melted John’s mercenary heart because the couple eventually got married. Ron Charles, Washington Post, "Stationery stores are in trouble, but our love for Valentine’s Day cards burns hotter than ever," 11 Feb. 2020 This recollection was also blurred: Calment, an adolescent in 1888, didn’t marry for another eight years. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Was Jeanne Calment the Oldest Person Who Ever Lived—or a Fraud?," 10 Feb. 2020 The new rates are 2.59% (for single income up to $26,500 and married joint income up to $53,000), 3.34% (income up to $53,000/$106,000), 4.17% (income up to $159,000/$318,000) and 4.5% (income of $159,001 and higher and $318,001 and higher). Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Changes and new features you need to know before you file your taxes," 7 Feb. 2020 Wendy and Alan were married last month; the cruise around Asia was their honeymoon. Simon Denyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Trapped on virus-ravaged cruise ship, shocked passengers struggle to keep spirits up," 5 Feb. 2020

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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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15 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Marry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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