marry

verb
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

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

Managing to pull off the perfect secret wedding over the holiday season, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth got married at home in Tennessee on December 23, 2018. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Secrets from Behind-the-Scenes at Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's Wedding," 29 Dec. 2018 But the rivalry turned into a budding romantic relationship and last weekend Duggan and Apps got married in Maine, the Boston Globe reported. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Team USA, Team Canada hockey players put rivalry on ice -- and get married," 27 Sep. 2018 Bridget met her husband David in the city, got married and moved to Connecticut to start a family. courant.com, "Bridget Ann Perry," 12 July 2018 About 80 percent of teens are open to getting married one day, YPulse found. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Generation Z predicts the future: America's kids explain love, marriage and gender roles," 9 July 2018 Ishu and Laura Rao, who got married only eight months ago, returned to the rubble of their home in Goleta in Santa Barbara County, to look for the rings. CBS News, "Man finds rings in ashes of home burned by wildfire, proposes again," 9 July 2018 Unfortunately for many followers, the questions of whether or not Jonathan is available and will consider marrying you won't be answered on the platform. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "EXCLUSIVE: Property Brothers Drew And Jonathan Scott Launch Online Home Platform With Curated Designs," 29 Oct. 2018 The woman, who is beautiful, asks the man to please marry her. Allison Keyes, Smithsonian, "Illuminating the Shadowy Art of Armenian Puppet Theater," 13 July 2018 Nor did Ebsworth’s widow and most recent ex-spouse (he was married four times). David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "Multimillion-dollar art collection, once promised to SAM, now up for auction at Christie’s," 14 Nov. 2018

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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 \
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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