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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Democrat Tracy Patterson, 46, an operations director at Travelers and married mother of four children, will serve until November, when Republican Scott Hughes takes the seat. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "New Manchester School Board Member To Serve Rest Of Leon's Term," 13 July 2018 They were married in in Venice, Italy, in September of 2014, and have a home in Lake Como. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "George Clooney Was Hospitalized Following a Motorcycle Accident in Italy," 10 July 2018 Dear Anna, One of my best friends, who’s married, has fallen in love with me. Anna Pulley, RedEye Chicago, "Ask Anna: My married best friend has fallen in love with me," 25 June 2018 By then, around 2007, she was married with a teenage son and a daughter who was about 4. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "LGBT community sees progress, challenges," 22 June 2018 Morgan, a prominent photographer in the Detroit area, was married to General Holiefield, who was a UAW vice president before his 2015 death. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "Widow of union official led 'high-flying lifestyle' on cash meant to train autoworkers: prosecutor," 14 July 2018 Steve and his wife, Daisy, were married for 62 years. Orlando Sentinel,, "Deaths in Central Florida: 7/12," 12 July 2018 Jenner and Kardashian were married from 1978-1991 and welcomed four children together: Kourtney, 39, Kim, 37, Khloé, 34, and Rob, 31. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Kris Jenner Calls Cheating on Husband Robert Kardashian 'One of My Biggest Regrets in Life'," 12 July 2018 Ramona Aveoganna and Samuel Trefon were married Wednesday afternoon at Bean's Cafe. Bob Hallinen, Anchorage Daily News, "Two hearts are bound together in Bean’s Cafe wedding," 12 July 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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Phrases Related to marry

get married

marry into money

marry money

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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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to reject or criticize sharply

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