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mar·​ry ˈmer-ē How to pronounce marry (audio)
married; marrying; marries

transitive verb

: to join in marriage according to law or custom
: to find a marriage partner for (someone, especially one's child)
They married their son to the daughter of a close friend.
trying to marry their children off
: to take as spouse : wed
married the girl next door
: to perform the ceremony of marriage for
a priest will marry them
: to obtain by marriage
marry wealth
: to unite in close and usually permanent relation

intransitive verb

: to take a spouse : wed
He first married at twenty.
: combine, unite
seafood marries with other flavors


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used for emphasis and especially to express amused or surprised agreement
marry into
: to become a member of by marriage
married into a prominent family

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
Billy Crystal and his wife, Janice, have been married for more than 50 years Billy Crystal and his wife, Janice Crystal, have been married for more than five decades. Kaitlin Stevens, Peoplemag, 26 Nov. 2023 The pair rekindled their romance in 2022 and married soon after. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, 26 Nov. 2023 The enduring connection between Gossip Girl and The O.C. lies in the union of its two stars: Leighton Meester (Blair Waldorf) and Adam Brody (Seth Cohen), who got married in 2014 and have two children together. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 25 Nov. 2023 She got married and took her husband’s name, Feeney. Susan Svrluga, Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2023 The couple were married Nov. 12, 2023 at the Venetian in Garfield, N.J. Vivian Ewing, New York Times, 24 Nov. 2023 History teaches us that H.G. Wells married his second wife, Amy Catherine Robbins, in 1895. Jennifer Ouellette and Sean M. Carroll, Ars Technica, 24 Nov. 2023 What’s more local authorities believe the promise of chameleon-like locations married with stability (and high quality of life) will make for a compelling argument to draw productions. Ben Croll, Variety, 23 Nov. 2023 Powell, a Florida native, eventually moved to Australia to be with Irwin and asked her to marry him in 2019. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 14 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History



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


Middle English marie, from Marie, the Virgin Mary

First Known Use


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


14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of marry was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Marry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
mar·​ry ˈmar-ē How to pronounce marry (audio)
married; marrying
: to join in marriage according to law or custom
they were married by a priest
: to give in marriage
married their children off
: to take as husband or wife
married a singer
: to enter into a marriage relationship : wed
decided to marry
: to enter into a close union
working long hours, she is married to her job


2 of 2 interjection
used to express amused or surprised agreement


Middle English marien "to marry," from early French marier (same meaning), derived from Latin maritus "married"


Middle English marie, an interjection, from Marie "the Virgin Mary"

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