- to take in marriage: After dating for five years, I finally asked her to marry me.
- to perform the marriage ceremonies for (two people); join in wedlock: The minister married Susan and Ed.
- to give in marriage; arrange the marriage of (often followed by off): Her father wants to marry her to his friend's son. They want to marry off all their children before selling their big home.
- to unite intimately: Common economic interests marry the two countries.
- to take as an intimate life partner by a formal exchange of promises in the manner of a traditional marriage ceremony.
- to combine, connect, or join so as to make more efficient, attractive, or profitable: The latest cameras marry automatic and manual features. A recent merger marries two of the nation's largest corporations.
- 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.
- to cause (food, liquor, etc.) to blend with other ingredients: to marry malt whiskey with grain whiskey.
- to wed.
- (of two or more foods, wines, etc.) to combine suitably or agreeably; blend: This wine and the strong cheese just don't marry.
Origin of marry1
Related Words for marryingcatch, join, wed, pledge, relate, promise, conjugate, unite, mate, combine, tie, ally, associate, couple, conjoin, yoke, knit, land, unify, contract
Examples from the Web for marrying
Contemporary Examples of marrying
Marrying another Jew was not just a personal simcha (joy), but one for the community.My Week on Jewish Tinder
January 5, 2015
Marrying yourself merely underscores selfishness and self-interest, rather than enabling you to live singly in the best way.
In Japan, one woman said she liked the experience of marrying herself as an exercise in pampering.
“That meant I could never dream of having a good job, or of marrying someone who came from a good background,” Yeonmi says.How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State
October 31, 2014
Twenty-six years later, Su Meck is still learning about the family she raised and the husband she has no recollection of marrying.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Sept. 22-28, 2014
September 28, 2014
Historical Examples of marrying
They were fabled as seven sisters, and one lost her place in the sky by marrying a mortal.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
I know it's a thing you never dreamt of—marrying a poor man.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Not half so dishonorable as marrying her when I don't love her.
It's a jolly sight better than sentiment when it comes to marrying.
"Every word that you say shows me how right I am in not marrying you, Joe," she said.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- to take (someone as one's partner) in marriage
- (tr) to join or give in marriage
- (tr) to acquire (something) by marriagemarry money
- to unite closely or intimately
- (tr sometimes foll by up) to fit together or align (two things); join
- (tr) nautical
- to match up (the strands) of unlaid ropes before splicing
- to seize (two ropes) together at intervals along their lengths
Word Origin for marry
- archaic an exclamation of surprise, anger, etc
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.