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

Three time Grammy Award-winner Chance the Rapper married his longtime love Kirsten Corley at Pelican Hill resort in Newport Beach, California on Saturday. Vogue, "Chance the Rapper Shares the First Photos From His Wedding," 11 Mar. 2019 Lopez was last married to Marc Antony from 2004 to 2014, while Rodriguez was married to Cynthia Scurtis from 2002 to 2008. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Are Engaged and Her Ring Is Huge," 10 Mar. 2019 The Cris Judd Engagement Ring: Lopez was married to backup dancer Cris Judd from 2001 until 2003 and Judd reportedly proposed with an emerald cut rock valued in the six-figures. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lopez's Engagement Rings Through the Years, Compared," 10 Mar. 2019 Tenzi’s designs marry traditional African textiles with modern silhouettes and are—of course—made completely by hand. Shay Maunz, Glamour, "This Young Woman Is Fighting Poverty in Tanzania by Teaching Women to Make Clothes," 8 Mar. 2019 The United Methodist Church voted last week to uphold its rule that clergy remain celibate if single or monogamous if married. Mark Tooley, WSJ, "The African Future of ‘America’s Church’," 7 Mar. 2019 The model married the millionaire a little over a year ago, and the pair has been presumably living together at the 49 Bleecker Street residence since then. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Here’s How Emily Ratajkowski Got Out of Paying Her $5k Rent," 5 Mar. 2019 After eventually moving to Nashville, marrying his college sweetheart, Caroline Boyer, and beginning his music career, Luke received more devastating news. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Luke Bryan Shared His Heartbreaking Loss With 'American Idol' Contestant Nick Townsend," 4 Mar. 2019 While eastern rite Catholic priests can be married before ordination, Roman Catholic priests take a vow of celibacy. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Priest’s son demands Vatican attention for clergy’s children," 20 Feb. 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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