[mar-ee] /ˈmær i/

verb (used with object), married, marrying.
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 cause (food, liquor, etc.) to blend with other ingredients:
to marry malt whiskey with grain whiskey.
verb (used without object), married, marrying.
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.
verb -ries, -rying, -ried
to take (someone as one’s partner) in marriage
(transitive) to join or give in marriage
(transitive) to acquire (something) by marriage: marry money
to unite closely or intimately
(transitive) sometimes foll by up. to fit together or align (two things); join
(transitive) (nautical)

(archaic) an exclamation of surprise, anger, etc

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.


To join; bring together: He tries to marry the Canadian producers with the foreign buyers (1526+)


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