from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To join as spouses by exchanging vows.
- transitive v. To take as a spouse.
- transitive v. To give in marriage.
- transitive v. To perform a marriage ceremony for: The rabbi married the couple.
- transitive v. To obtain by marriage: marry money.
- transitive v. Nautical To join (two ropes) end to end by interweaving their strands.
- transitive v. To unite in a close, usually permanent way: "His material marries the domestic and the exotic” ( Clifton Fadiman).
- intransitive v. To take a husband or wife; wed: They married in their twenties.
- intransitive v. To combine or blend agreeably: Let the flavors marry overnight.
- interj. Archaic Used as an exclamation of surprise or emphasis.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- interj. indeed!, in truth!; a term of asseveration.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To dispose of in wedlock; to give away as wife.
- transitive v. To take for husband or wife. See the Note below.
- transitive v. Figuratively, to unite in the closest and most endearing relation.
- intransitive v. To enter into the conjugal or connubial state; to take a husband or a wife.
- interj. Indeed! in truth! -- a term of asseveration said to have been derived from the practice of swearing by the Virgin Mary.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To unite in wedlock or matrimony; join for life, as a man and a woman, or a man or woman to one of the opposite sex; constitute man and wife, or a husband or wife, according to the laws or customs of a nation.
- To give in marriage; cause to be married.
- To take for husband or wife: as, a man marries a woman, or a woman marries a man.
- Figuratively, to unite intimately or by some close bond of connection.
- Nautical, to fasten together, as two ropes, end to end, in such a way that in unreeving one from a block the other is drawn in.
- Synonyms To wed, espouse.
- To enter into the conjugal state; take a husband or a wife.
- Indeed! forsooth! a term of asseveration, or used to express surprise or other feeling.
- [The word was formerly much used, with various additions, to express surprise, contempt, or satirical encouragement, as in the phrases following.]
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. take in marriage
- v. perform a marriage ceremony
Middle English marien, from Old French marier, from Latin marītāre, from marītus, married.
Middle English Marie, the Virgin Mary, ultimately from Greek Maria; see Mary1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English Marie, referring to Mary, the Virgin Mary. Mid-14th century. (Wiktionary)
Middle English marien, from Anglo-Norman marier, from Latin marītāre ("to wed"), from marītus ("husband, suitor"), of disputed origin. (Perhaps compare Welsh morwyn 'girl', merch 'daughter', Crimean Gothic marzus 'wedding', Ancient Greek meîrax 'boy, girl', Lithuanian martì 'bride', Avestan mairya 'yeoman', Sanskrit máryas 'young man, suitor'.) (Wiktionary)