Definitions

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

  • interj. Indeed! in truth! -- a term of asseveration said to have been derived from the practice of swearing by the Virgin Mary.
  • intransitive v. To enter into the conjugal or connubial state; to take a husband or a wife.
  • 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.

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

Etymologies

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)
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)
From Middle English Marie, referring to Mary, the Virgin Mary.[3] Mid-14th century. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But sharper than all these impressions rang the words of the worldly-wise Higbee: _ "She's hunting night and day for a rich husband; she tries for them as fast as they come; she'd rather marry a sub-treasury -- she'd marry me in a minute -- she'd marry_ YOU; _but if you were broke she'd have about as much use for you ...."

    The Spenders A Tale of the Third Generation

  • Also, Prince William should be getting married soon – so now there is no reason at all why he should marry a catholic, and now, with same-sex couples allowed to form civil partnerships, there is no reason why Prince William and Tony Blair, the world’s most eligible and famous Catholic, should not marry*.

    Co-incidence? I think not

  • And when Jesus answered, that it is not lawful to put away a wife and to marry another, except on account of whoredom, they replied that nevertheless Moses commanded to give a bill of divorce and to put her away; and the disciples said, If the case of a man with his wife be so it is not expedient to marry_, "xix.

    The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love

  • It is enough that “my lud” has a handle to his name, and Murray Hill shoddyocracy will wine and dine and toady him, and perhaps for his title marry him to some sweet, pure and good American girl, whose life hereafter will be a purgatory to herself and a mutual misery to both.

    Black and White

  • It is enough that "my lud" has a handle to his name, and Murray Hill shoddyocracy will wine and dine and toady him, and perhaps for his title marry him to some sweet, pure and good American girl, whose life hereafter will be a purgatory to herself and a mutual misery to both.

    Black and White Land, Labor, and Politics in the South

  • Since you've previously mentioned that you never attend this kind of thing, are you having a striper captain marry you?

    My Final Post as an Unmarried Man

  • Re: Hector, a Church that allows open homosexuals not only to be Bishops but to marry is hardly Christian.

    Matthew Yglesias » “Minority Rights” and the US Senate

  • Hector, a Church that allows open homosexuals not only to be Bishops but to marry is hardly Christian.

    Matthew Yglesias » “Minority Rights” and the US Senate

  • Anyone that says they should be forbidden to marry is judging them and recommending discriminating against them.

    Confining Beliefs to Defined Domains

  • I'm not one who thinks waiting to marry is causing a problem here.

    Sooner vs. later: Is there an ideal age for first marriage?

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  • a1325 11000 Virgins (Corpus Cambr.) 14 in C. D'Evelyn & A. J. Mill S. Eng. Legendary (1956) 443 He lete hure marie to is sone that was is eir.

    July 10, 2008

  • To marry well is half of life.
    --Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, 1968, The First Circle

    May 17, 2008

  • For some people, Mary, merry, and marry all sound different. For others, they sound the same. You can see a map of this phenomenon (in the US) here.

    April 10, 2008