verb (used with object), mar·ried, mar·ry·ing.
- to lay together (the unlaid strands of two ropes) to be spliced.
- to seize (two ropes) together end to end for use as a single line.
- to seize (parallel ropes) together at intervals.
verb (used without object), mar·ried, mar·ry·ing.
- marry in haste, repent at leisure,
- marry into,
- marry off,
- marry up,
Origin of marry1
Origin of marry2
Examples from the Web for marry
The star announces he is to marry his 27-year-old boyfriend.Meet Stephen Fry’s Future Husband (Who Is Less Than Half His Age)|Tom Sykes|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It happened on Glee and in Sex and The City, and now in Japan women can marry themselves.Why Singles Should Say ‘I Don’t’ to The Self-Marriage Movement|Tim Teeman|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Most critically, the split perspectives of Noah and Alison need to marry more elegantly.What On Earth Is ‘The Affair’ About? Season One’s Baffling Finale|Tim Teeman|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hearst is to be released from prison and is planning to marry.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was nearing the end of his sentence, but the woman enlisted Joplin to marry them before he was released.
Her meaning had been, from her earliest years, to marry, or be married.The Maid of Sker|Richard Doddridge Blackmore
And he agreed with her, that it was a wicked thing for a woman to come between a man and the girl he was to marry.The God of His Fathers|Jack London
It helped her to bow to the commands of this man when he bade her marry him, and she loved him!The House of the Misty Star|Fannie Caldwell Macaulay
Yes, I told him, or very nearly, that I could not marry him.Evelyn Innes|George Moore
She shall regret this night's work, if I marry rank or money.The Bacillus of Beauty|Harriet Stark
verb -ries, -rying or -ried
- to match up (the strands) of unlaid ropes before splicing
- to seize (two ropes) together at intervals along their lengths
Word Origin for marry
Word Origin for marry
c.1300, "to give (offspring) in marriage," from Old French marier "to get married; to marry off, give in marriage; to bring together in marriage," from Latin maritare "to wed, marry, give in marriage" (source of Italian maritare, Spanish and Portuguese maridar), from maritus (n.) "married man, husband," of uncertain origin, originally a past participle, perhaps ultimately from "provided with a *mari," a young woman, from PIE root *mari- "young wife, young woman," akin to *meryo- "young man" (cf. Sanskrit marya- "young man, suitor").
Meaning "to get married, join (with someone) in matrimony" is early 14c. in English, as is that of "to take in marriage." Said from 1520s of the priest, etc., who performs the rite. Figurative use from early 15c. Related: Married; marrying. Phrase the marrying kind, describing one inclined toward marriage and almost always used with a negative, is attested by 1824, probably short for marrying kind of men, which is from a popular 1756 essay by Chesterfield.
In some Indo-European languages there were distinct "marry" verbs for men and women, though some of these have become generalized. Cf. Latin ducere uxorem (of men), literally "to lead a wife;" nubere (of women), perhaps originally "to veil" [Buck]. Also cf. Old Norse kvangask (of men) from kvan "wife" (cf. quean), so "take a wife;" giptask (of women), from gipta, a specialized use of "to give" (cf. gift (n.)) so "to be given."
a common oath in the Middle Ages, mid-14c., now obsolete, a corruption of the name of the Virgin Mary.