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take a husband or wife; wed; combine, connect, join: The new cars marry fuel efficiency and roominess.
Not to be confused with:
merry – happy, cheery, glad; jolly, jovial, mirthful; joyous in disposition: a merry old elf
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mar·ry 1

v. mar·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.
2. To perform a marriage ceremony for: The rabbi married the couple.
3. To obtain by marriage: marry money.
4. Nautical To join (two ropes) end to end, as by splicing or seizing.
5. To unite in a close, usually permanent way: "His material marries the domestic and the exotic" (Clifton Fadiman).
1. To enter into marriage; wed: They married in their twenties.
2. To combine or blend agreeably: Let the flavors marry overnight.

[Middle English marien, from Old French marier, from Latin marītāre, from marītus, married.]

mar·ry 2

interj. Archaic
Used as an exclamation of surprise or emphasis.

[Middle English Marie, the Virgin Mary, ultimately from Greek Maria; see Mary1.]
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vb, -ries, -rying or -ried
1. to take (someone as one's partner) in marriage
2. (tr) to join or give in marriage
3. (tr) to acquire (something) by marriage: marry money.
4. to unite closely or intimately
5. (sometimes foll by: up) to fit together or align (two things); join
6. (Nautical Terms) (tr) nautical
a. to match up (the strands) of unlaid ropes before splicing
b. to seize (two ropes) together at intervals along their lengths
[C13: from Old French marier, from Latin marītāre, from marītus married (man), perhaps from mās male]
ˈmarrier n


archaic an exclamation of surprise, anger, etc
[C14: euphemistic for the Virgin Mary]
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(ˈmær i)

v. -ried, -ry•ing. v.t.
1. to take as a husband or wife; take in marriage.
2. to perform the marriage ceremony for; join in wedlock.
3. to give in marriage; arrange the marriage of: married off all their children.
4. to join or unite intimately.
5. to gain through marriage: to marry money.
6. to take a husband or wife; wed.
7. to unite closely or agreeably; blend: This wine and cheese marry well.
[1250–1300; Middle English marien < Old French marier < Latin marītāre to wed]


(ˈmær i)

interj. Archaic.
(used to express surprise or emphasis.)
[1325–75; Middle English; euphemistic variant of Mary(the Virgin)]
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1. 'married to'

If you are married to someone, they are your husband or wife.

Her daughter was married to a Frenchman.
2. 'marry'

When you marry someone, you become their husband or wife during a special ceremony.

I wanted to marry him.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'to' after marry. Don't say 'I wanted to marry to him'.

3. 'get married'

Marry is not usually used without an object. Don't say, for example, that a person 'marries' or that two people 'marry'. Say that they get married.

Lisa and Kunal are getting married next month.
My parents want me to get married and settle down.

Marry is sometimes used without an object, but this is a literary or old-fashioned use.

Jane swore that she would never marry.
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Past participle: married
Gerund: marrying

I marry
you marry
he/she/it marries
we marry
you marry
they marry
I married
you married
he/she/it married
we married
you married
they married
Present Continuous
I am marrying
you are marrying
he/she/it is marrying
we are marrying
you are marrying
they are marrying
Present Perfect
I have married
you have married
he/she/it has married
we have married
you have married
they have married
Past Continuous
I was marrying
you were marrying
he/she/it was marrying
we were marrying
you were marrying
they were marrying
Past Perfect
I had married
you had married
he/she/it had married
we had married
you had married
they had married
I will marry
you will marry
he/she/it will marry
we will marry
you will marry
they will marry
Future Perfect
I will have married
you will have married
he/she/it will have married
we will have married
you will have married
they will have married
Future Continuous
I will be marrying
you will be marrying
he/she/it will be marrying
we will be marrying
you will be marrying
they will be marrying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been marrying
you have been marrying
he/she/it has been marrying
we have been marrying
you have been marrying
they have been marrying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been marrying
you will have been marrying
he/she/it will have been marrying
we will have been marrying
you will have been marrying
they will have been marrying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been marrying
you had been marrying
he/she/it had been marrying
we had been marrying
you had been marrying
they had been marrying
I would marry
you would marry
he/she/it would marry
we would marry
you would marry
they would marry
Past Conditional
I would have married
you would have married
he/she/it would have married
we would have married
you would have married
they would have married
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.marry - take in marriagemarry - take in marriage      
unite, unify - act in concert or unite in a common purpose or belief
inmarry - marry within one's own tribe or group; "The inhabitants of this isolated village tend to inmarry"
mismarry - marry an unsuitable partner
marry, splice, wed, tie - perform a marriage ceremony; "The minister married us on Saturday"; "We were wed the following week"; "The couple got spliced on Hawaii"
wive - marry a woman, take a wife
wive - take (someone) as a wife
intermarry - marry within the same ethnic, social, or family group
remarry - marry, not for the first time; "After her divorce, she remarried her high school sweetheart"
2.marry - perform a marriage ceremonymarry - perform a marriage ceremony; "The minister married us on Saturday"; "We were wed the following week"; "The couple got spliced on Hawaii"
officiate - act in an official capacity in a ceremony or religious ritual, such as a wedding; "Who officiated at your wedding?"
solemnise, solemnize - perform (the wedding ceremony) with proper ceremonies
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.


1. tie the knot (informal), wed, take the plunge (informal), walk down the aisle (informal), get hitched (slang), get spliced (informal), become man and wife, plight your troth (old-fashioned) They married a month after they met.
2. wed, espouse, wive (archaic), take to wife, lead to the altar, make an honest woman of (informal) He wants to marry her.
3. unite, match, join, link, tie, bond, ally, merge, knit, unify, splice, yoke It will be difficult to marry his two interests - cooking and sport.
"There is not one in a hundred of either sex who is not taken in when they marry ... it is, of all transactions, the one in which people expect most from others, and are least honest themselves" [Jane Austen Mansfield Park]
"It is better to marry than to burn" Bible: I Corinthians
"Never marry for money, but marry where money is"
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1. To join or be joined in marriage:
Slang: hitch.
Idiom: tie the knot.
2. To bring or come together into a united whole:
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يَتَزَوَّجُيَتزَوَّجيُزَوِّج، يَعْقِد قِرانيُعطي إبنه أو إبْنته زوجا أو زوجةً
oženitoženit seprovdatvdát seoddat
blive giftgifte (sig)gifte bortgifte sigvie
mennä naimisiinnaittaavihkiäyhdistää
vjenčati se
házasságot köthozzáadhozzámegy
giftagifta, gefa samangiftast, kvænast
izprecinātlaulātprecētprecēties, laulāties
poročitiporočiti se
gifta (sig) medgifta sig


1. (= take in marriage) → casarse con
to be married to sbestar casado con algn
we have been married for 14 yearsllevamos 14 años (de) casados
to marry moneycasarse con alguien de dinero
2. (= give or join in marriage) → casar
they were married by the village priestlos casó el cura del pueblo
he has three daughters to marry (off)tiene tres hijas por casar
3. (fig) → conjugar, aunar
a style which marries beauty and practicalityun estilo que conjuga or aúna belleza y pragmatismo
he's married to his jobvive por y para el trabajo, vive para trabajar or para el trabajo
B. VI (also to get married) → casarse
to marry againvolver a casarse, casarse en segundas nupcias
to marry beneath onecasarse con alguien de rango inferior
to marry into a rich familyemparentar con una familia rica
to marry into the peeragecasarse con alguien de la nobleza
marry up VT + ADV (fig) → conjugar
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(= get married to) → épouser, se marier avec
He wants to marry her → Il veut l'épouser.
[father, priest] → marier
vi (also get married) → se marier
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


(= get married to)heiraten; to marry moneyreich heiraten; will you marry me?willst du mich heiraten?
(priest) → trauen
(father) → verheiraten; he married all his daughters into very rich familieser hat zugesehen, dass alle seine Töchter in reiche Familien einheirateten
(also get married)heiraten, sich verheiraten; (couple)heiraten, sich vermählen (geh); to marry into a rich familyin eine reiche Familie einheiraten; to marry into moneyreich heiraten; he married into a small fortunedurch die Heirat ist er an ein kleines Vermögen gekommen; he’s not the marrying kinder ist nicht der Typ, der heiratet; marry in haste, repent at leisure (prov) → Heiraten in Eile bereut man in Weile (prov)
(fig: two pieces of wood etc) → ineinanderpassen
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1. vt (take in marriage) → sposare, sposarsi con; (subj, father, priest) → dare in matrimonio
2. vi (also to get married) → sposarsi
to marry again → risposarsi
to marry into a rich family → imparentarsi con una famiglia ricca
marry up vt + adv (pattern) → far combaciare
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(ˈmӕri) verb
1. to take (a person) as one's husband or wife. John married my sister; They married in church.
2. (of a clergyman etc) to perform the ceremony of marriage between (two people). The priest married them.
3. to give (a son or daughter) as a husband or wife. He married his son to a rich woman.
ˈmarried adjective
She has two married daughters.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


يَتَزَوَّجُ oženit (se) gifte (sig) heiraten παντρεύομαι casarse mennä naimisiin se marier vjenčati se sposare 結婚する 결혼하다 trouwen gifte (seg) poślubić casar жениться gifta (sig) med แต่งงาน evlenmek cưới 嫁娶
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References in classic literature ?
"Yes, yes, they must marry. There is nothing else to be done.
"You know, you say you love me, but if you really loved me you'd want to marry me.
Why, I should marry you, or you break your heart at my treachery."
'She will be a treasure to the man she marries, sir,' said Mr Kenwigs, half aside; 'I think she'll marry above her station, Mr Lumbey.'
No one will say it is unmanly to be captivated by a woman, or, being captivated, to marry her; and the admiration, the delight, the passion, the wonder, the unbounded confidence, and frantic adoration with which, by degrees, this big warrior got to regard the little Rebecca, were feelings which the ladies at least will pronounce were not altogether discreditable to him.
No, don't marry, my dear fellow; don't marry!" concluded Prince Andrew.
"I -- I couldn't marry Bill, you know, Jane," she managed to gasp.
She could not blame him for loving Katharine, but that, when he loved another, he should ask her to marry him--that seemed to her the cruellest treachery.
It is extremely bad for the children when the father is too young; for in all animals whatsoever the parts of the young are imperfect, and are more likely to be productive of females than males, and diminutive also in size; the same thing of course necessarily holds true in men; as a proof of this you may see in those cities where the men and women usually marry very young, the people in general are very small and ill framed; in child-birth also the women suffer more, and many of them die.
"I am sure you would be the last woman to marry again prematurely, if our dear Rector were taken away."
"Who's she going to marry?" asked Cecily, gathering herself together after the shock, and finding that the world was going on just the same.
Nothing in her life had ever given Marilla so much happiness as the knowledge that Anne was going to marry Gilbert Blythe; but every joy must bring with it its little shadow of sorrow.