marry

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W2S1 [ˈmæri] v past tense and past participle married present participle marrying third person singular marries
[Date: 1200-1300; : French; Origin: marier, from Latin maritare, from maritus 'husband']
1.) [I and T]
if you marry someone, you become their husband or wife
→↑married
He married Bea in 1925.
I'm going to ask her to marry me on St Valentine's Day.
She married young (=at a young age) , and was divorced when her children were tiny.
People in higher social classes are more likely to marry late (=when they are older than is usual) .
Sophia had, in a sense, married beneath her (=married someone of a lower social class than her) .
2.) [T]
to perform the ceremony at which two people get married
The priest who married us was really nice.
3.) [T]
to find a husband or wife for one of your children
marry sb to sb
She was determined to marry all of her daughters to rich men.
4.) also marry up [T] formal
to combine two different ideas, designs, tastes etc together
marry sth with/to sth
The building's design marries a traditional style with modern materials.
marry sth and sth
He writes fiction that marries up realism and the supernatural.
5.) not the marrying kind
not the type of person who wants to get married
I'm just not the marrying kind.
marry into [marry into sth] phr v
to join a family or social group by marrying someone who belongs to it
She married into a very wealthy family.
marry off [marry sb<=>off] phr v
to find a husband or wife for someone - used in order to show disapproval
marry somebody<=>off to
They married her off to the first young man who came along.
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HINT sense 1
In spoken English, get married is more common than marry .
WORD FOCUS: marry
wedding the ceremony at which people get married
bride the woman who is getting married
bridegroom/groom the man who is getting married
the best man a friend of the groom, who helps him and gives a speech
bridesmaid a woman or girl who helps the bride
matron of honour (BrE) honor (AmE) a married woman who helps the bride on her wedding day
reception the meal after the wedding
honeymoon the holiday that people go on after they get married
hen night (BrE) bridal shower (AmE) a party before the wedding for the bride
stag night (BrE) bachelor party (AmE) a party before the wedding for the groom
propose to ask someone to marry you
get engaged to formally agree to marry each other
See also: engagement, divorce
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Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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