What does marry mean?

Definitions for marry
ˈmær imar·ry

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word marry.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. marry, get married, wed, conjoin, hook up with, get hitched with, espouseverb

    take in marriage

  2. marry, wed, tie, spliceverb

    perform a marriage ceremony

    "The minister married us on Saturday"; "We were wed the following week"; "The couple got spliced on Hawaii"


  1. marryverb

    To enter into the conjugal or connubial state; to take a husband or a wife.

    Neither of her daughters showed any desire to marry.

  2. marryverb

    To be joined to (someone) as spouse according to law or custom.

  3. marryverb

    To dispose of in wedlock; to give away as wife or husband.

  4. marryverb

    To take for husband or wife.

    In some cultures, it is acceptable for an uncle to marry his niece.

  5. marryverb

    Figuratively, to unite in the closest and most endearing relation.

    The attempt to marry medieval plainsong with speed metal produced interesting results.

  6. marryverb

    To unite in wedlock or matrimony; to perform the ceremony of joining spouses, ostensibly for life; to constitute a marital union according to the laws or customs of the place.

    A justice of the peace will marry Jones and Smith.

  7. marryinterjection

    indeed!, in truth!; a term of asseveration.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To MARRYverb

    Etymology: marier, French; maritor, Latin.

    What! shall the curate controul me? Tell him, that he shall marry the couple himself. John Gay, What d’ye call it.

    When Augustus consulted with Mecænas about the marriage of his daughter Julia, Mecænas took the liberty to tell him, that he must either marry his daughter to Agrippa, or take away his life; there was no third way, he had made him so great. Francis Bacon, Essays, №. 28.

    You’d think it strange if I should marry her. William Shakespeare.

    Go in to thy brother’s wife, and marry her. Gen. xxxviii.

    As a mother shall she meet him, and receive him as a wife married of a virgin. Ecclus. xv. 2.

  2. To Marryverb

    To enter into the conjugal state.

    He hath my good will,
    And none but he, to marry with Nan Page. William Shakespeare.

    Let them marry to whom they think best. Num. xxxvi. 6.

    Virgil concludes with the death of Turnus; for after that difficulty was removed, Æneas might marry, and establish the Trojans. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.


  1. marry

    Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a culturally and often legally recognized union between people called spouses. It establishes rights and obligations between them, as well as between them and their children, and between them and their in-laws. It is nearly a cultural universal, but the definition of marriage varies between cultures and religions, and over time. Typically, it is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually sexual, are acknowledged or sanctioned. In some cultures, marriage is recommended or considered to be compulsory before pursuing any sexual activity. A marriage ceremony is called a wedding. Individuals may marry for several reasons, including legal, social, libidinal, emotional, financial, spiritual, and religious purposes. Whom they marry may be influenced by gender, socially determined rules of incest, prescriptive marriage rules, parental choice, and individual desire. In some areas of the world, arranged marriage, child marriage, polygamy, and forced marriage are practiced. In other areas, such practices are outlawed to preserve women's rights or children's rights (both female and male) or as a result of international law. In some parts of the world, marriage has historically restricted the rights of women, who are (or were) considered the property of the husband. Around the world, primarily in developed democracies, there has been a general trend towards ensuring equal rights for women within marriage (including abolishing coverture, liberalizing divorce laws, and reforming reproductive and sexual rights) and legally recognizing the marriages of interfaith, interracial/interethnic/inter-caste, and same-sex couples. Controversies continue regarding the legal status of married women, leniency towards violence within marriage, customs such as dowry and bride price, forced marriage, marriageable age, and criminalization of premarital and extramarital sex. Female age at marriage has proven to be a strong indicator for female autonomy and is continuously used by economic history research.Marriage can be recognized by a state, an organization, a religious authority, a tribal group, a local community, or peers. It is often viewed as a contract. A religious marriage is performed by a religious institution to recognize and create the rights and obligations intrinsic to matrimony in that religion. Religious marriage is known variously as sacramental marriage in Catholicism, nikah in Islam, nissuin in Judaism, and various other names in other faith traditions, each with their own constraints as to what constitutes, and who can enter into, a valid religious marriage.


  1. marry

    To marry is to become legally united with someone as their spouse in a formal ceremony recognized by law or by a religious institution. This typically implies a mutual commitment to share life together, being bound by duties, rights, and responsibilities.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Marryverb

    to unite in wedlock or matrimony; to perform the ceremony of joining, as a man and a woman, for life; to constitute (a man and a woman) husband and wife according to the laws or customs of the place

  2. Marryverb

    to join according to law, (a man) to a woman as his wife, or (a woman) to a man as her husband. See the Note to def. 4

  3. Marryverb

    to dispose of in wedlock; to give away as wife

  4. Marryverb

    to take for husband or wife. See the Note below

  5. Marryverb

    figuratively, to unite in the closest and most endearing relation

  6. Marryverb

    to enter into the conjugal or connubial state; to take a husband or a wife

  7. Marry

    indeed ! in truth ! -- a term of asseveration said to have been derived from the practice of swearing by the Virgin Mary

  8. Etymology: [OE. marien, F. marier, L. maritare, fr. maritus husband, fr. mas, maris, a male. See Male, and cf. Maritral.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Marry

    mar′i, v.t. to take for husband or wife: to give in marriage: to unite in matrimony.—v.i. to enter into the married state: to take a husband or a wife:—pr.p. marr′ying; pa.t. and pa.p. marr′ied. [Fr. marier—L. maritāre, to marry, maritus, a husband—mas, maris, a male.]

  2. Marry

    mar′i, interj. indeed! forsooth! [By Mary.]

Editors Contribution

  1. marry

    To unite in marriage.

    They did commit to marriage as they viewed it, they absolutely adored each other and vowed to unconditional love, unity, support, teamwork, family etc.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 18, 2020  

Etymology and Origins

  1. Marry

    A perverted form of the oath “By Mary” in days when people were wont to swear by the Virgin.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. MARRY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Marry is ranked #50960 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Marry surname appeared 409 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Marry.

    67.9% or 278 total occurrences were White.
    20% or 82 total occurrences were Black.
    7% or 29 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.4% or 10 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'marry' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3587

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'marry' in Verbs Frequency: #265

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of marry in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of marry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of marry in a Sentence

  1. Anouk Aimee:

    Some pray to marry the man they love, my prayer will somewhat vary I humbly pray to heaven above that I love the man I marry.

  2. Julie Montagu:

    … The British are incredibly excited, listen, we’ve had sort of this bad rap as Americans, because of Wallis Simpson. So the British are like, ‘Another American divorcee. Look at what happened the last time.’ The last time King Edward had to abdicate because he wanted to marry the love of his life, and now Harry’s able to marry the love of his life without having to go through any red tape, and he immediately got the queen’s blessing.

  3. Serena Williams:

    I had this sense, like, ‘I’m going to marry this guy, but I’m not ready yet, but I know I’m going to marry this guy,' i didn’t know his world at all, but I’ve always been tech-savvy. I had a few investments before I met him, and I wanted to know more. So we started talking, just as friends. Just casually chatting. I was getting hot when he was talking about it all. So after that, we just continued talking, and then, I don’t know — I love his world.

  4. Nanette Gartrell:

    The Supreme Court says that when two people fall in love and want to get married, they should be able to marry, whether they are a man and a woman, two men, or two women, the Supreme Court wants us to understand that love between two men or two women is just the same as love between a man and a woman, and that in the United States of America, as an adult, you can marry the person you love.

  5. William Congreve:

    Every man plays the fool once in his lif marry is playing the fool all one's life, but to marry is to playing the fool all one's life long.

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