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)

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 The Human Voice is a loose adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s 1930 monodrama, which is entirely composed of a woman speaking and pleading on the phone with an unseen lover who has left her to marry someone else. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "The Best Movies of 2021 (So Far)," 5 Apr. 2021 After making plans to marry after college, Chase and Sadie wed as high school seniors. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "Chase and Sadie's incredible journey of love amid cancer," 4 Apr. 2021 Tiffanie Cooper is about to marry the dashing Damon King, the man of her dreams and founder of King Enterprises. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: James Dean in ‘Giant’ on TCM and more," 2 Apr. 2021 Still sturdy, though, was their will to marry Texas style. New York Times, "Bible Study Brought Them to the Altar, Where They Shared Their First Kiss," 2 Apr. 2021 Human rights groups say the Uyghurs have been put in the camps for a variety of reasons, from attending religious ceremonies, wearing a veil or having a beard, or refusing to marry a non-Uyghur. USA Today, "The US says China is committing genocide against the Uyghurs. Here's some of the most chilling evidence.," 2 Apr. 2021 Scoundrel Harrison Archer is to determined to do two things: (1) ruin his cruel family, and (2) marry his childhood best friend, heiress Maddie Webster. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: March 2021 romance novels embrace learning to love yourself," 1 Apr. 2021 Bea cries after learning that her crush Leo (Harrison Osterfield), the actual Prince of England, agreed to marry another royal to save the Irregulars. Ariana Romero,, "The Irregulars Probably Already Revealed Its Season 2 Villain," 28 Mar. 2021 There are plenty of people who have no intention to marry, or have children, but are happy with the comfort and support of a long-term relationship. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "My girlfriend’s been great through this hunker down, but my friends say I should end things because she’s not ‘the one’," 28 Mar. 2021

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

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8 Apr 2021

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“Marry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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