marry Definition

  • 1to become the legally recognized husband or wife of someone in an official or religious ceremony
  • 2to join two things together
  • 3to combine two or more qualities, ideas, or things

Using marry: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "marry" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    They are getting married next month.

  • Example

    She married her high school sweetheart.

  • Example

    The flavors in this dish marry perfectly.

  • Example

    The two companies decided to merge and marry their expertise.

marry Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for marry

Antonyms for marry

Idioms Using marry

  • to marry someone who is rich


    She didn't love him, but she married him for his money.

  • if you marry someone too quickly, without really getting to know them, you may regret it later


    He proposed after only a month of dating, but she remembered the saying 'marry in haste, repent at leisure' and declined.

  • marry up to your neck

    to be heavily involved in something, especially a difficult or unpleasant situation


    After investing all his savings in the business, he was married up to his neck and couldn't afford to quit.

Phrases with marry

  • to become a member of a particular family or group by marrying someone who belongs to it


    She married into a wealthy family.

  • marry up

    to combine two things or people in a way that makes them work well together


    The new software will marry up with the existing system.

  • to find a suitable partner and arrange a marriage for someone


    Her parents were eager to marry her off to a wealthy man.

Origins of marry

from Old English 'mǣrian', meaning 'to give (in marriage)'


Summary: marry in Brief

The verb 'marry' [ˈmæri] refers to the act of becoming legally recognized as husband or wife, joining two things together, or combining qualities, ideas, or things. It can also be used in phrases like 'marry into something' and idioms like 'marry money,' which means to marry someone who is rich. The phrase 'marry in haste, repent at leisure' cautions against rushing into marriage, while 'marry up to your neck' describes being heavily involved in something.

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