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 The Adventures of Lois and Clark had its title characters marry at the same time as their comic-book counterparts, and The CW’s new Superman and Lois gives the married couple teenage twin sons. Oliver Sava, Vulture, "WandaVision’s Real Big Bad Was Marriage All Along," 26 Feb. 2021 Indeed, during his lifetime, his home state of Illinois, a free state, passed laws discriminating against free Blacks, including their rights to move into the state, vote, marry, or serve on juries. David Holahan, USA TODAY, "'Crooked Path to Abolition' review: How Lincoln, an antislavery moderate, abolished slavery," 12 Jan. 2021 Some white men in antebellum Mobile would have a woman of color as a consort but legally marry a white woman, while others chose instead to live openly with their Black partner and their children by her. New York Times, "A Portrait of 19th-Century Creole Culture," 18 Dec. 2020 Millennials are slower to marry, less likely to belong to organized religion, less inclined to join civic clubs, than previous generations—leaving the employer as their main formal connection to society. David Meyer, Fortune, "How the business world has changed in the last few decades," 7 Dec. 2020 Sometimes parents force their daughter to marry her rapist to lessen the shame, often after pregnancy occurs. Margie Mason And Robin Mcdowell,, "Rape, reproductive health hazards are common in palm oil fields linked to top beauty brands and everyday household products," 21 Nov. 2020 In October 1514, Mary was sent to France to marry the 52-year-old King Louis XII, as part of a peace treaty Wolsey negotiated. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "The Spanish Princess recap: What’s love got to do with it?," 26 Oct. 2020 May 2014: The couple marry in a lavish ceremony in Florence, Italy. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Brief Guide to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's Incomparable Romance," 6 Jan. 2021 Intercontinental Exchange and eventually marry the company’s founder and CEO, Jeffrey Sprecher. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, "Plagued by scandals and wedded to Trump, Loeffler and Perdue face a fight for their political lives," 5 Jan. 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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3 Mar 2021

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“Marry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 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 priest.
4 : to give in marriage They married off all their children.

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