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Date: 1200-1300
Language: French
Origin: marier, from Latin maritare, from maritus 'husband'

marry

verb
     
mar‧ry S1 W2 past tense and past participle married, present participle marrying, third person singular marries
1 [intransitive and transitive] if you marry someone, you become their husband or wife [↪ married]:
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).
! In spoken English, get married is more common than marry.
2 [transitive] to perform the ceremony at which two people get married:
The priest who married us was really nice.
3 [transitive] to find a husband or wife for one of your children
marry somebody to somebody
She was determined to marry all of her daughters to rich men.
4 also marry up [transitive] formal to combine two different ideas, designs, tastes etc together
marry 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

not the type of person who wants to get married:
I'm just not the marrying kind.
WORD FOCUS: marry WORD FOCUS: marry
wedding the ceremony at which people get married
bride
the woman who is getting married
bridegroom
/groom the man who is getting married
the best man
a friend of the groom, who helps him and gives a speech
bridesmaid
a woman or girl who helps the bride
matron of honour
British English/honor American English a married woman who helps the bride on her wedding day
reception
the meal after the wedding
honeymoon
the holiday that people go on after they get married
hen night
British English/bridal shower American English a party before the wedding for the bride
stag night
British English/bachelor party American English a party before the wedding for the groom
propose
to ask someone to marry you
get engaged
to formally agree to marry each other
marry engagement, divorce

marry into something

phrasal verb
to join a family or social group by marrying someone who belongs to it:
She married into a very wealthy family.

marry somebody ↔ off

phrasal verb
to find a husband or wife for someone - used in order to show disapproval
marry somebody ↔ off to
They married her off to the first young man who came along.

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