Meaning of marry


Pronunciation: (mar'ē), [key]
— v., -ried, -ry•ing.
  1. to take as a husband or wife; take in marriage: Susan married Ed.
  2. to perform the marriage ceremonies for (two people who wish to be husband and wife); join in wedlock: The minister married Susan and Ed.
  3. to give in marriage; arrange the marriage of (often fol. by off): Her father wants to marry her to his friend's son. They want to marry off all their children before selling their big home.
  4. to unite intimately: Common economic interests marry the two countries.
  5. to take as an intimate life partner by a formal exchange of promises in the manner of a traditional marriage ceremony.
  6. to combine, connect, or join so as to make more efficient, attractive, or profitable: The latest cameras marry automatic and manual features. A recent merger marries two of the nation's largest corporations.
    1. to lay together (the unlaid strands of two ropes) to be spliced.
    2. to seize (two ropes) together end to end for use as a single line.
    3. to seize (parallel ropes) together at intervals.
  7. to cause (food, liquor, etc.) to blend with other ingredients: to marry malt whiskey with grain whiskey.
  1. to take a husband or wife; wed.
  2. (of two or more foods, wines, etc.) to combine suitably or agreeably; blend: This wine and the strong cheese just don't marry.


Pronunciation: (mar'ē), [key]
— interj. Archaic.
  1. (used as an exclamation of surprise, astonishment, etc.)
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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