There are 2 main definitions of marry in English:

marry1

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Pronunciation: /ˈmari
 
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verb (marries, marrying, married)

[with object]
1Join in marriage: I was married in church my sister got married to a Welshman
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  • You get in that church and get married to Brianna, this instant.
  • It is that freedom which entitles churches not to marry any couples if to do so would offend their beliefs.
  • At St Joseph's Church two couples were married while St Mary's, Our Lady of the Rosary and Our Lady of Lourdes had one wedding each.
Synonyms
get/be married, wed, be wed, become man and wife, plight/pledge one's troth
informal tie the knot, walk down the aisle, take the plunge, get spliced, get hitched, get yoked, say ‘I do’
archaic become espoused
1.1Take (someone) as one’s wife or husband in marriage: Eric asked me to marry him
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  • We interpret this as evidence that the desire for boys lead some husbands to marry another woman if his first wife delivers a girl.
  • Upon a husband's death, his wife is expected to marry his brother, who also assumes responsibility for any children.
  • Upon the death of his wife, John marries her sister.
Synonyms
wed, take to wife/husband, lead to the altar
archaic espouse, wive
1.2 [no object] Enter into marriage: they had no plans to marry
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  • One need not become a Vermont resident to marry or enter a civil union there.
  • In 1653 he married and entered the local artists' guild and by 1655 had taken over his father's businesses.
  • Clive ends the relationship when he marries and enters public life.
1.3 [no object] (marry into) Become a member of (a family) by marriage: both men married into my mother’s family
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  • She felt he deserved to know what sort of family he would be marrying into, but then she feared that if he knew the truth he would not want to marry her at all.
  • I was abused by an uncle and ended up marrying into a family of gangsters.
  • We hoped he was the nice, good-looking one who seemed calm enough to handle any emergency, an essential quality for anyone marrying into our family.
1.4(Of a parent or guardian) give (a son or daughter) in marriage, especially for reasons of expediency: her parents married her to a wealthy landowner
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  • He said it was sad that most school-going children in rural districts were being married off by their parents.
  • Mary's best hope, then, was to acquire good house-keeping skills and be married off by her father.
  • Today was the big day; my only daughter was getting married off to Cyril!
2Join together; combine harmoniously: the show marries poetry with art
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  • It's just a question actually of marrying them together and getting the right balance.
  • We are marrying the two together now better than we have ever done.
  • The final step was to marry the two skills together.
2.1 [no object] Blend or combine with something: most Chardonnays don’t marry well with salmon
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  • Grilled Swordfish works beautifully with a big, buttery Chardonnay because the richness of the fish and the toasty nuances from the grill marry well with those flavor elements in the wine.
  • At large parties I find it helps to make up the base an hour or so before required, so that the flavours can mingle and marry.
  • The exotic combination was not overpowering, and married well with the fish.
2.2 Nautical Splice (rope ends) together without increasing their girth.
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  • Marry the ropes and temporarily seize the strands of one to the other.
  • This is called 'marrying the ropes' and is a simple and effective way to ensure that you don't let any of the rope slip back through whilst tying it off.
  • Unlay the ends to be joined. Go back three or more complete turns. Now marry the loosened strands.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French marier, from Latin maritare, from maritus, literally 'married', (as a noun) 'husband'.

Phrases

be the marrying kind

[with negative] Be the type of person who is likely or inclined to marry.
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  • These findings may help marriage-minded women identify the men who are most likely to be the marrying kind.
  • Joyce was in love with him, but I don't think her father would have ever let her marry Ron, even if Ron was the marrying kind, which he wasn't.
  • Ashley is the marrying kind, Elaine is not, and she has denied his five proposals.

marry in haste, repent at leisure

proverb Those who rush impetuously into marriage may spend a long time regretting doing so.
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  • ‘In wartime you didn't waste a lot of time. We got a lot of comments like ‘marry in haste, repent at leisure’ but none of that happened.’
  • You know what they say - marry in haste, repent at leisure.
  • On a more domestic note, the old refrain, marry in haste, repent at leisure strikes a chord.

marry money

informal Marry a rich person: her mother’s sister had married money, it was said
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  • The saying, ‘A good marriage is better than a good job,’ which means one can enjoy a better life by marrying money than finding a job and working hard, has gained more support among people, especially among women.
  • She married money - her husband is a former banker who became a wealthy real estate developer - and the family fortune makes her the richest member of the delegation.
  • Lady Sara's personal fortune is considerably diminished after paying the debts of her brother, and she feels she must marry money, in the person of the chilly but wealthy Mr Bracket.

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There are 2 main definitions of marry in English:

marry2

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Pronunciation: /ˈmari
 
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exclamation

archaic
Expressing surprise, indignation, or emphatic assertion.
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  • Marry he doth consider, that by the King's Majesty, with all your advices and the consent of the nobles of the realm, he was called to the place.
  • Marry, he doth not use to wear a night-cap, for his horns will not let him.
  • Marry, doth my cousin Silence know, is he advised of the matter?

Origin

late Middle English: variant of Mary1.

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