marry

verb
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

marry

interjection

Definition of marry (Entry 2 of 2)

archaic
used for emphasis and especially to express amused or surprised agreement

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Synonyms for marry

Synonyms: Verb

wed

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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

There were many family dogs throughout Gigi's childhood home with her famous dad, mother Lois Clarke (who was married to Garner for 58 years) and half-sister Kimberly. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "James Garner had a big heart for dogs; Daughter Gigi kicks off animal rescue fund in his name," 14 June 2019 Sigh was married to Patrick’s sister, the Globe has reported. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, "Milton man convicted of raping estranged wife, launching kidnapping plot," 13 June 2019 The woman England was to meet with was married to a man that England was having an affair with, Post said. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Colorado Cold Cases: 39 years ago today Beverly England vanished and authorities still are piecing together how she died," 12 June 2019 But, last year, Samantha Elhassani (née Sally), a Baptist mother from Elkhart, Indiana, who was married to a Muslim American, was charged when she was repatriated. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "America’s ISIS Members Are Coming Home," 11 June 2019 There Juana was briefly reunited with her sister, Catherine, who by then had been widowed by Prince Arthur, though not yet married to Henry VIII. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "What Was Catherine of Aragon's Sister, Juana la Loca, Really Like?," 10 June 2019 The priest gave Zune the current address of his birth father, Alfredo, who was now married to another woman. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "Destined for Export," 10 June 2019 But Brockhouse’s bid was dogged by immense scrutiny of his personal life, including two instances in which women married to him called police to report physical abuse. Dylan Mcguinness, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg wins second term after bruising battle," 8 June 2019 Her aunt Jenny Lind Nilsson is a violinist married to Garrison Keillor, and Rhodes was brought on to play the voice of Keillor’s conscience and other recurring characters on his Prairie Home Companion radio show. Jeffrey Fleishman, latimes.com, "Did she swallow helium? Let's take the high-pitched comedy of Erica Rhodes seriously," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of marry

Verb

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

Interjection

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for marry

Verb

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

Interjection

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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marry

verb

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)

marry

verb
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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