- The definition of marry is to become wedded to someone and become a husband or wife, or the act of pronouncing a couple as wed, or the act of joining two things together.
When you give someone a wedding ring and say "I do," this is an example of a situation where you marry.
A man asks his girlfriend to marry him.
transitive verbmarried, marrying
- to join as spouses; unite in wedlock
- to join (a man) to a woman as her husband, or (a woman) to a man as his wife
- to take as spouse; take in marriage
- to join closely or intimately; unite
Origin of marryMiddle English marien ; from Old French marier ; from Classical Latin maritare ; from maritus, a husband, married, probably ; from Indo-European base an unverified form meri, young wife, akin to an unverified form meryo, young man from source Sanskrit márya-, man, young man, suitor
- to get married; take a spouse
- to enter into a close or intimate relationship; unite
Origin of marryeuphemistic respelling of (the Virgin) Mary
verbmar·ried, mar·ry·ing, mar·ries
- a. To join in marriage: They have been married for 25 years.b. To take as a spouse: She married him two years ago.c. To give in marriage: They married their daughter to a nobleman.
- To perform a marriage ceremony for: The rabbi married the couple.
- To obtain by marriage: marry money.
- Nautical To join (two ropes) end to end by interweaving their strands.
- To unite in a close, usually permanent way: “His material marries the domestic and the exotic” (Clifton Fadiman).
- To enter into marriage; wed: They married in their twenties.
- To combine or blend agreeably: Let the flavors marry overnight.
Origin of marryMiddle English marien, from Old French marier, from Latin marītāre, from marītus, married.
Origin of marryMiddle English Marie, the Virgin Mary, ultimately from Greek Maria; see Mary1.
(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.
- gay marry
Middle English marien, from Anglo-Norman marier, from Latin marītāre (“to wed”), from marītus (“husband, suitor”), from Proto-Indo-European *meryo (“young man”), same source as Sanskrit मर्य (marya, “suitor, young man”). Compare its feminine derivatives - Welsh morwyn (“girl”), merch (“daughter”), Crimean Gothic marzus (“wedding”), Ancient Greek μεῖραξ (meirax, “boy; girl”), Lithuanian martì (“bride”), Avestan [script?] (mairya, “yeoman”).[script?] )