verb mar·ry \ ˈmer-ē , ˈma-rē \
Updated on: 2 Feb 2018

Definition of marry

married; marrying
transitive verb
1 a : 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

Examples of marry in a Sentence

  1. He married his college sweetheart.

  2. I asked her to marry me.

  3. “Will you marry me?” “Yes, I will.”

  4. They married for love, not money.

  5. The minister has married more than 100 couples.

  6. They hope to have a priest marry them.

  7. They were married by a justice of the peace.

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Origin and Etymology of marry

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




Definition of marry

used for emphasis and especially to express amused or surprised agreement

Origin and Etymology of marry

Middle English marie, from Marie, the Virgin Mary

MARRY Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of marry for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


verb mar·ry \ ˈmer-ē \

Definition of marry for Students

married; marrying
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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