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

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

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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 Single dad for two years, then M.B. went to nursing school, got married, and moved to Lewistown, taught me to Skype. Thomas Mcguane, The New Yorker, "Wide Spot," 16 Sep. 2019 They were married in 2010, and Derek moved for a few months to his wife’s small town of Alexandria, where the corn grew sweet and there were plenty of ripe summer tomatoes. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "As Bering Sea ice melts, Alaskans, scientists and Seattle’s fishing fleet witness changes ‘on a massive scale’," 15 Sep. 2019 The Crawfords were married for 65 years until her death in late 2015. Joy Wallace Dickinson, orlandosentinel.com, "Through muck and mayhem, he paved path to the future," 15 Sep. 2019 Later, ProPublica reported, Marie left Washington, got married and had two children. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "The True Story Behind the Netflix Series Unbelievable," 12 Sep. 2019 Ralph and Lisa, in a conversation in May 2011, decided they would get married on Sept. 11. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, "Trash Pandas owner shares sad, happy Sept. 11 memories," 11 Sep. 2019 The couple were married from 1961 until her death of kidney failure in 1992. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Robert Mugabe has died leaving behind a conflicted legacy," 6 Sep. 2019 Hashian, who got married on Aug. 18, outdoors in Kauai, Hawaii also gave us a closer look at her dress. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's wife Lauren shares adorable wedding pics with their daughters," 27 Aug. 2019 They were married for five years — by all accounts they were initially filled with love, but also passionate anger — and have been divorced for the past six years. Pomerado News, "REVIEW: PowPAC’s ‘Private Lives’ is full of comedy and action," 21 Aug. 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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25 Oct 2019

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

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marry

verb
How to pronounce marry (audio)

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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