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intermarry Syllabification: in·ter·mar·ry
Pronunciation: /ˌin(t)ərˈmerē/

Definition of intermarry in English:

verb (intermarries, intermarrying, intermarried)

[no object]
1(Of people belonging to different races, castes, or religions) become connected by marriage: over the centuries the Greeks intermarried with the natives
More example sentences
  • His people intermarried with the Burmese and gradually adopted the Buddhist religion.
  • The Angles, Saxons, Danes, Frisians and other invaders intermarried with the existing Romano-British Celts, Romans, Jutes, Gauls, Greeks and Lombards.
  • Many of the Scots who were pioneering the west in the 1800s intermarried with the Lakota while working their way through the mid-west as fur trappers.
1.1(Of close relations) marry each other.
Example sentences
  • There may be regions where one predominates, but Iraqis intermarry and have relations across the country.
  • They have been intermarrying for generations, which usually involves stepbrothers and stepsisters marrying one another.
  • And all people groups can freely intermarry, resulting in a closer approximation to the genetic richness that would have characterized Noah's family.

Words that rhyme with intermarry

Barry, Carrie, carry, Cary, Clarrie, Gary, glengarry, harry, lari, Larry, marry, miscarry, parry, tarry

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