Main definitions of marry in English

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marry1

verb

[with object]
  • 1Join in marriage.

    ‘I was married in church’
    ‘my sister got married to a Welshman’
    • ‘It is that freedom which entitles churches not to marry any couples if to do so would offend their beliefs.’
    • ‘Then, after almost a day of searching, they found a priest who agreed to marry them on the spot.’
    • ‘George and Joyce were married at the Methodist Church, on July 17, 1943.’
    • ‘Couples wanting a Christian wedding are married in a church of the denomination of their choice and the minister or priest of that church takes the service.’
    • ‘Best wishes to Kristen and Alan who are due to be married in our church on Saturday next.’
    • ‘My father was already up at the front of the church with Father Marshall, the same priest who had married them nearly eighteen years ago.’
    • ‘They were married twice in Catholic churches, first in 1982 by a priest from the Liberal Catholic Church.’
    • ‘They were married at a small church Bradford, in the midst of the Depression - on January 2, 1933.’
    • ‘You get in that church and get married to Brianna, this instant.’
    • ‘She said the church would readily marry divorcees because it was like a ‘completely new beginning’.’
    • ‘So they went to a priest and had him marry them, with no family or friends or anything.’
    • ‘They were married in a Protestant Church at his request.’
    • ‘At St Joseph's Church two couples were married while St Mary's, Our Lady of the Rosary and Our Lady of Lourdes had one wedding each.’
    • ‘He did, and they were married at Linton Church in 1931.’
    • ‘I've know one couple who were outraged when their local priest refused to marry them.’
    • ‘They wanted to get married to be united forever, but fate spun a different web for them.’
    • ‘The couple will be married at Hythe church on April 24.’
    • ‘Congratulations to Michelle and Richard who were married in Milltown church recently.’
    • ‘They were also married in the church, not in civil ceremonies.’
    • ‘Congratulations to Gordon and Fiona who were married in our Church last Saturday.’
    be married, get married, wed, be wed, become man and wife, pledge one's troth, plight one's troth
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    1. 1.1 Take (someone) as one's wife or husband in marriage.
      ‘Eric asked me to marry him’
      • ‘She had undergone a complete sex change operation, which her husband knew before marrying her.’
      • ‘During that time she married husband Steve, a partnership that is still going strong 17 years later.’
      • ‘His wife, Elizabeth married him because he was the funniest man she ever met.’
      • ‘You want to keep in mind that Greene converted to Catholicism as an adult, in part to get his first wife to marry him.’
      • ‘I have had no luck convincing my American women friends to divorce their husbands and marry me.’
      • ‘For one thing, it would look bad for the family, because it would be thought that he was too weak to find his own wife, so he married his servant.’
      • ‘But when he flings caution to the wind and offers to divorce his wife and marry her, she scoffs at the idea.’
      • ‘He can begin again, like his wife did by marrying another man.’
      • ‘Upon the death of his wife, John marries her sister.’
      • ‘When he reveals he is in love with the older man's wife and wants to marry her, the game begins.’
      • ‘Upon a husband's death, his wife is expected to marry his brother, who also assumes responsibility for any children.’
      • ‘Ann told Morris she wanted to leave her husband, marry him, and move to America.’
      • ‘Then he runs off with Steve's wife and marries her.’
      • ‘Three years pass, and Butterfly waits patiently for the return of her sailor husband, who has married an American wife.’
      • ‘I, like many Indo-Trinidadian men, value immensely the day that our wives agreed to marry us.’
      • ‘In the face of her humble determination, her husband left her and married another woman.’
      • ‘We interpret this as evidence that the desire for boys lead some husbands to marry another woman if his first wife delivers a girl.’
      • ‘She divorced her second husband in order to marry Edward VIII.’
      • ‘The man promised Liz that he would quickly divorce his wife and then marry her.’
      • ‘All things considered, he would be a fine husband if she married him.’
      wed, take to husband, take to wife, lead to the altar
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    2. 1.2no object Enter into marriage.
      ‘they had no plans to marry’
      • ‘He was tall and gallant and quite the charmer, so it was no surprise when he and the town beauty announced that they planned to marry.’
      • ‘Some are eager to get married and have children - and have felt that way for years - others never plan to marry at all.’
      • ‘Clive ends the relationship when he marries and enters public life.’
      • ‘He explains that they had known each other for several years and planned to marry after graduation.’
      • ‘In 1653 he married and entered the local artists' guild and by 1655 had taken over his father's businesses.’
      • ‘Joanne's family have spoken of the ‘deep bond of love’ between the two, who plan to marry in Mexico next year.’
      • ‘The couple plan to marry at Christmas this year.’
      • ‘So, we were engaged and had no real plan's to marry until the quite distant future.’
      • ‘Every one of them was married beside Alexander who never really planned on marrying in his life.’
      • ‘But she has no plans to marry and is still not divorced from Jamie.’
      • ‘The young sweethearts discuss their families and their plans to secretly marry.’
      • ‘One need not become a Vermont resident to marry or enter a civil union there.’
      • ‘She also denies in the affidavit that they had ever planned to marry.’
      • ‘Both are attractive, funny, sexually confident, with no plans to marry or settle down any time soon.’
      • ‘He had always planned to marry; it was his duty as heir of the dukedom after all.’
      • ‘We have lived together now for a little more than a year and plan to marry as soon as we can pay for the wedding and reception that we both want.’
      • ‘They are described as ‘lovers’ and the first verse tells of their plans to marry.’
      • ‘In itself pregnancy was not associated with shame, provided the couple planned to marry.’
      • ‘The couple hope to marry next summer at the Minster Church in Warminster.’
      • ‘We planned to marry, but a week before the wedding she received a telegram saying that her brother, an RAF flying ace, had been shot down.’
      join, join together, unite, ally, merge, unify, amalgamate, combine, affiliate, associate, link, connect, fuse, weld, couple, knit, yoke
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    3. 1.3marry intono object Become a member of (a family) by marriage.
      ‘both men married into my mother's family’
      • ‘Between 1825 and 1865, however, he wins recognition among aristocrats by amassing a fortune from gambling and selling cotton and marrying into a prominent family.’
      • ‘I was abused by an uncle and ended up marrying into a family of gangsters.’
      • ‘She knew very well the stresses and difficulties caused by marrying into the Imperial Family.’
      • ‘‘Hm… maybe I should reconsider marrying into your family,’ Katrina teased back.’
      • ‘His connections, however, allowed him to marry into a wealthy family.’
      • ‘She felt he deserved to know what sort of family he would be marrying into, but then she feared that if he knew the truth he would not want to marry her at all.’
      • ‘Born in Budapest in 1869, he studied there and in Paris and Munich before marrying into the Guinness family in 1900 and moving to England in 1907.’
      • ‘Perhaps she only said yes because she knew that marrying into a family like the Lindons would help her and her sisters live a more comfortable life, free of money worries.’
      • ‘She had held sway over a dozen eligible suitors, eventually marrying into a professor's family despite her own lack of education.’
      • ‘Further, for a young unmarried woman in Cape Town, becoming pregnant would result in being socially ostracised and dash any hopes she had of marrying into a respectable family.’
      • ‘She was a member of the well known Brown family, until she married into the Murphys where she farmed with her husband.’
      • ‘Well, I thought to myself, at least I'm marrying into a wealthy family.’
      • ‘Unless they come from a family of means or marry into one, they have little chance of ever becoming self-supporting, although their descendants may.’
      • ‘The act requires descendants of George II, except for princesses marrying into a foreign family, to gain the monarch's permission in order for their marriage to be valid.’
      • ‘By marrying into a wealthy family, he now lives in a large house and has realized his dream of owning a restaurant.’
      • ‘In these clans, father, mother, son, daughter will all play, and even people marrying into the family generally become professional gamblers.’
      • ‘However, neither becoming a slaveholder nor marrying into a southern family was an indispensable prerequisite to molding migrants into proslavery converts.’
      • ‘But the girl was firm that she did not want to marry into a family which saw her personal worth only in terms of the money she earned.’
      • ‘We hoped he was the nice, good-looking one who seemed calm enough to handle any emergency, an essential quality for anyone marrying into our family.’
      • ‘Marriages are sometimes arranged by families, as each family is seeking to marry into another family of at least equal, if not superior, wealth and social standing.’
    4. 1.4 (of a parent or guardian) give (a son or daughter) in marriage, especially for reasons of expediency.
      ‘her parents married her to a wealthy landowner’
      • ‘Likewise, a lower caste will rarely marry his son or daughter to a person belonging to another caste.’
      • ‘The parents marry her off, very likely without her informed consent.’
      • ‘Humiliated, the girl's mother marries her off to a prince and he goes on a bender.’
      • ‘Her parents love was one of the reasons she had not been married off at some young age to a wealthy, influential stranger.’
      • ‘He probably had good reasons for marrying his only daughter to this poor man.’
      • ‘He said he had married off his only daughter and was living with his wife.’
      • ‘Mary's best hope, then, was to acquire good house-keeping skills and be married off by her father.’
      • ‘They want to make a small fortune or just experience new things before their parents marry them off for a dowry somewhere in the remote countryside.’
      • ‘Your father had agreed with the Prince's parents on marrying the both of you when the time was right.’
      • ‘He said it was sad that most school-going children in rural districts were being married off by their parents.’
      • ‘Today was the big day; my only daughter was getting married off to Cyril!’
      • ‘Not that it would have stopped any other parents from marrying off their daughter, but that was the difference with my parents.’
      • ‘The man had wanted to get his second daughter married off and had actually had high hopes for Coleen.’
      • ‘The reason our parents married us was because I am a respectable serviceman!’
      • ‘She stopped believing in astrology after an astrologer advised her parents to marry her off saying she did not have any potential for a career.’
      join, join together, unite, ally, merge, unify, amalgamate, combine, affiliate, associate, link, connect, fuse, weld, couple, knit, yoke
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  • 2Join together; combine harmoniously.

    ‘the show marries poetry with art’
    • ‘I'd love to marry the two together and one day build my own theatre.’
    • ‘The final step was to marry the two skills together.’
    • ‘So on the album I was attempting to marry lots of different music styles together.’
    • ‘It's just a question actually of marrying them together and getting the right balance.’
    • ‘We are marrying the two together now better than we have ever done.’
    1. 2.1no object Blend or combine with something.
      ‘most Chardonnays don't marry well with salmon’
      • ‘Off-dry wines, such as Riesling or Gewurztraminer marry well with medium hot food with the bite of chilli.’
      • ‘At large parties I find it helps to make up the base an hour or so before required, so that the flavours can mingle and marry.’
      • ‘The exotic combination was not overpowering, and married well with the fish.’
      • ‘Grilled Swordfish works beautifully with a big, buttery Chardonnay because the richness of the fish and the toasty nuances from the grill marry well with those flavor elements in the wine.’
      • ‘It is subtle enough to marry well with hard cheeses such as Cheddar.’
    2. 2.2Nautical Splice (rope ends) together without increasing their girth.
      • ‘Unlay the ends to be joined. Go back three or more complete turns. Now marry the loosened strands.’
      • ‘Marry the ropes and temporarily seize the strands of one to the other.’
      • ‘This is called 'marrying the ropes' and is a simple and effective way to ensure that you don't let any of the rope slip back through whilst tying it off.’

Phrases

  • be the marrying kind

    • with negativeBe the type of person who is likely or inclined to marry.

      ‘I'm not the marrying kind’
      • ‘Joyce was in love with him, but I don't think her father would have ever let her marry Ron, even if Ron was the marrying kind, which he wasn't.’
      • ‘They just… neither seemed to be the marrying kind.’
      • ‘Ashley is the marrying kind, Elaine is not, and she has denied his five proposals.’
      • ‘She isn't the marrying kind. If you knew her, she'd be nice to you till she got a good chance to flay you alive.’
      • ‘These findings may help marriage-minded women identify the men who are most likely to be the marrying kind.’
  • marry in haste, repent at leisure

    • proverb Those who rush impetuously into marriage may spend a long time regretting doing so.

      • ‘Give your relationship time to mature before making a life-long commitment. Keep in mind the old saying, "Marry in haste, repent in leisure."’
      • ‘You know what they say - marry in haste, repent at leisure.’
      • ‘‘In wartime you didn't waste a lot of time. We got a lot of comments like ‘marry in haste, repent at leisure’ but none of that happened.’’
      • ‘"Marry in haste, repent at leisure" is a good saying to keep you watchful and aware.’
      • ‘On a more domestic note, the old refrain, marry in haste, repent at leisure strikes a chord.’
  • marry money

    • informal Marry a rich person.

      ‘her mother's sister had married money, it was said’
      • ‘The saying, ‘A good marriage is better than a good job,’ which means one can enjoy a better life by marrying money than finding a job and working hard, has gained more support among people, especially among women.’
      • ‘His father and elder brother intended he should marry money, and conspired with the Moor family in Jamaica to unite him with Brenda.’
      • ‘She married money - her husband is a former banker who became a wealthy real estate developer - and the family fortune makes her the richest member of the delegation.’
      • ‘Lady Sara's personal fortune is considerably diminished after paying the debts of her brother, and she feels she must marry money, in the person of the chilly but wealthy Mr Bracket.’
      • ‘What she had been able to gather though was that the man had married money and built it into an empire.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French marier, from Latin maritare, from maritus, literally ‘married’, (as a noun) ‘husband’.

Pronunciation

marry

/ˈmari/

Main definitions of marry in English

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marry2

exclamation

archaic
  • Expressing surprise, indignation, or emphatic assertion.

    • ‘Ay, marry doth it. This is a fellow of some sense this: come, good uncle.’
    • ‘Marry he doth consider, that by the King's Majesty, with all your advices and the consent of the nobles of the realm, he was called to the place.’
    • ‘Marry, he doth not use to wear a night-cap, for his horns will not let him.’
    • ‘Marry, doth my cousin Silence know, is he advised of the matter?’

Origin

Late Middle English: variant of Mary.

Pronunciation

marry

/ˈmari/