Word family noun marriage remarriage adjective marriedunmarried marriageable verb marry remarry
From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmarrymar‧ry /ˈmæri/ ●●● S1 W2 verb (married, marrying, marries) 1 [intransitive, transitive]MARRY if you marry someone, you become their husband or wifemarried He married Bea in 1925. I’m going to ask her to marry me on St Valentine’s Day. She married young (=at a young age). People in higher social classes are more likely to marry late (=when they are older than is usual). Sophia had, in a sense, married beneath her (=married someone of a lower social class than her).RegisterIn everyday English, rather than saying that two people marry, people usually say that they get married.My parents got married in 1986.GRAMMAR: Reciprocal verbsMarry is a reciprocal verb. This type of verb is used when saying that two or more people do something that involves both or all of them. It does not need to have an object: Their parents did not want them to marry. In this sentence, marry is intransitive and does not have an object.You can also say: His parents did not want them to marry each other.His parents did not want him to marry her. In these sentences, marry is transitive.2 [transitive]MARRY to perform the ceremony at which two people get married The priest who married us was really nice.3 [transitive]MARRY to find a husband or wife for one of your childrenmarry somebody to somebody She was determined to marry all of her daughters to rich men.4 [transitive] (also marry up) formalMIX to combine two different ideas, designs, tastes etc togethermarry something with/to something The building’s design marries a traditional style with modern materials.marry something and something He writes fiction that marries up realism and the supernatural.5 not the marrying kind marry into something marry somebody ↔ off→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
marryDo you think your sister will ever marry?He married and divorced Ava Gardner.They involve men and women who have previously married and whose relationships have broken down.In 1684 he married Anne, daughter of the duke of Orleans, in a typical dynastic arrangement.She said the chances of siblings marrying are minuscule if the number of sperm donations are kept low.Mum and Dad fell in love on the cruise and were married by the ship's captain.The only reason Carla married Henry was because she was pregnant.He converted to Catholicism so he could marry her.When Miss Temple marries, Jane feels the necessity of trying something new and advertises for a position as a governess.Will you marry me?Last month her parents decided that she must marry Tajammul, whom she knew but did not like.The priest who married us forgot his lines during the ceremony.Rabbi Feingold will marry us.He told me to marry Victor Cousin.I married young - it was a mistake.marry lateHe had wanted children for years: not having them had been the one drawback to marrying late.The few who took brides often married late and outside their race.She had married late, at a time she had almost given up hope of finding a husband.Working women were delaying or curtailing their capacity to bear children, marrying later or perhaps being reluctant to have children at all.
Origin marry (1200-1300) French marier, from Latin maritare, from maritus husband