• (RP) IPA: /ˈmæɹɪ/
  • (GA) enPR: mărʹē
    • (nMmmm) IPA: /ˈmæɹi/
    • (Mmmm) IPA: /ˈmɛɹi/, /ˈmeɹi/


  1. (intransitive) To enter into the conjugal or connubial state; to take a husband or a wife. [from 14th c.]
    Neither of her daughters showed any desire to marry.
    • 1641, Evelyn, Diary, quoted in 1869 by Edward J. Wood in The Wedding Day in All Ages and Countries, volume 2, page 241:
      Evelyn, in his "Diary," under date 1641, says that at Haerlem "they showed us a cottage where, they told us, dwelt a woman who had been married to her twenty-fifth husband, and, being now a widow, was prohibited to marry in future; […] "
    • 1755, The Holy Bible, both Old and New Testament, Digested, Illustrated, and Explained, second edition, page 59:
      But Esau, being now forty years of age, took a false step by marrying not only without his parents consent; but with two wives, daughters of the Hittites.
    • 1975 March 17, Marian Christy, "Suzy Chaffee, A Liberated Beauty", The Lebanon Daily News
      If and when Suzy does marry, it will be an open marriage because she's a believer in the "totality" of freedom.
  2. (transitive, in passive) To be joined to (someone) as spouse according to law or custom. [from 14th c.]
    She was not happily married.
    His daughter was married some five years ago to a tailor's apprentice.
  3. (transitive) To arrange for the marriage of; to give away as wife or husband. [from 14th c.]
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Matthew XXIII:
      The kyngdome of heven is lyke unto a certayne kinge, which maryed his sonne [...].
    He was eager to marry his daughter to a nobleman.
  4. (transitive) To take as husband or wife. [from 15th c.]
    In some cultures, it is acceptable for an uncle to marry his niece.
  5. (transitive, figuratively) To unite; to join together into a close union. [from 15th c.]
    The attempt to marry medieval plainsong with speed metal produced interesting results.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Jeremiah 3:14 ↗:
      Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you.
    • 2006, Lisa C. Hickman, William Faulkner and Joan Williams: The Romance of Two Writers
      For Faulkner, these years marry professional triumphs and personal disappointments: the Nobel Prize for Literature and an increasingly unlifting depression.
  6. (transitive) To unite in wedlock or matrimony; to perform the ceremony of joining spouses; to bring about a marital union according to the laws or customs of a place. [from 16th c.]
    A justice of the peace will marry Jones and Smith.
    • , The what d'ye call it:
      Tell him that he shall marry the couple himself.
  7. (nautical) To place (two ropes) alongside each other so that they may be grasped and hauled on at the same time.
  8. (nautical) To join (two ropes) end to end so that both will pass through a block.

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  1. (obsolete) indeed!, in truth!; a term of asseveration.
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2, Act I, Scene 2,
      I have chequed him for it, and the young lion repents; marry, not in ashes and sackcloth, but in new silk and old sack.
    • c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, The Tragœdy of Othello, the Moore of Venice. […] (First Quarto), London: Printed by N[icholas] O[kes] for Thomas Walkley, […], published 1622, OCLC 724111485 ↗, [Act II, scene i], page 24 ↗:
      I know too much: / I finde it, I; for when I ha liſt to ſleepe, / Mary, before your Ladiſhip I grant, / She puts her tongue alittle in her heart, / And chides with thinking.
      I know, [she talks] too much: / I find that, when I have desire to sleep. / Indeed, before your Ladyship I admit, / She keeps a little quiet, / And scolds me with her thoughts.

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