mar·​ry | \ˈmer-ē, 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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Examples of marry in a Sentence


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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Nor did Ebsworth’s widow and most recent ex-spouse (he was married four times). David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "Multimillion-dollar art collection, once promised to SAM, now up for auction at Christie’s," 14 Nov. 2018 In an Instagram post on Thursday night, model and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss announced that her and long-time boyfriend Joshua Kushner are officially married. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner Are Married," 19 Oct. 2018 But when Pippa was married last year, Kate was not allowed to be her maid of honor. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, "All the Ways Princess Eugenie's Wedding Broke Royal Tradition," 12 Oct. 2018 My parents brought me here against my will to marry a man. Yasmine Koenig As Told To Liz Welch, Seventeen, "My Mom Took Me Overseas and Forced Me Into Being a Teen Bride," 26 Sep. 2018 Its location is not far from St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, where the couple married earlier this year. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Here's All You Need To Know About Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Second "Cottage" From Queen Elizabeth," 23 July 2018 Brides who got married last year spent an average of $1,509 on their gowns, according to The Knot 2017 Real Weddings Study. Alison Goldman,, "I’m about to fly 1,000 miles with my wedding dress," 10 July 2018 The girl is Eden (Everything Sucks! alum Sydney Sweeney), the 15-year-old girl forced to marry an adult man, guardian Nick Blaine (Max Minghella)., "Sydney Sweeney On That Tragic Handmaid's Tale Exit & Sharp Objects," 4 July 2018 Even Ireland Baldwin, Hailey's cousin, didn't know if the two were married at that time. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Just Made Their Marriage Instagram Official," 16 Nov. 2018

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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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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 \
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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