(third-person singular simple present marries, present participle marrying, simple past and past participle married)
- (intransitive) To enter into the conjugal or connubial state; to take a husband or a wife. [from 14th c.]
- Neither of her daughters showed any desire to marry.
- (in passive) To be joined to (someone) as spouse according to law or custom. [from 14th c.]
- She was not happily married.
- His daughter was married some five years ago to a tailor's apprentice.
- To dispose of in wedlock; to give away as wife or husband. [from 14th c.]
- To take for husband or wife. [from 15th c.]
- In some cultures, it is acceptable for an uncle to marry his niece.
- Figuratively, to unite in the closest and most endearing relation. [from 15th c.]
- The attempt to marry medieval plainsong with speed metal produced interesting results.
- To unite in wedlock or matrimony; to perform the ceremony of joining spouses, ostensibly for life; to constitute a marital union according to the laws or customs of the place. [from 16th c.]
- A justice of the peace will marry Jones and Smith.
- (nautical) To place (two ropes) alongside each other so that they may be grasped and hauled on at the same time.
- (nautical) To join (two ropes) end to end so that both will pass through a block.
Middle English marien, from Anglo-Norman marier, from Latin marÄ«tÄre (“to wed"), from marÄ«tus (“husband, suitor"), from Proto-Indo-European *meryo (“young man"), same source as Sanskrit à¤®à¤°à¥à¤¯ (marya, “suitor, young man"). Compare its feminine derivatives - Welsh morwyn (“girl"), merch (“daughter"), Crimean Gothic marzus (“wedding"), Ancient Greek Î¼Îµá¿–ÏÎ±Î¾ (meirax, “boy; girl"), Lithuanian martÃ¬ (“bride"), Avestan [script?] (mairya, “yeoman").[script?] )
From Middle English Marie, referring to Mary, the Virgin Mary. Mid-14th century.