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Marry appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Mary Mac's mother's making Mary Mac marry me.
    My mother's making me marry Mary Mac.
    Will I always be so Merry when Mary's taking care of me?
    Will I always be so merry when I marry Mary Mac?
    (from a song by Carbon Leaf)

Marry is sometimes a misspelling of Mary or merry.

The word marry is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the verb marry

What does marry mean as a doing word?

Marry is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: married

  1. take in marriage
    • examples: Sam and Sue marry | Sam cannot marry Sue
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient, plural]John opposed the two ideasVerbs of Combining: wed
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient 1] to [Patient 2]John introduced Mary to me
      [Patient, plural] [Verb]John and Mary married
      [Patient, plural] [Verb] [Adverb]Eggs mix well | The pieces interconnect easily | These computers connected well
      [Patient 1 - being] [Verb] [Adverb] with [Patient 2]Folk songs alternate well with pop songs
      [Actor - being, plural] [Verb]Bill and Kathy marriedVerbs of Social Interaction: court, cuddle, date, divorce, embrace, hug, kiss, nuzzle, pet
      [Actor 1 - being] [Verb] [Actor 2]Bill married Kathy
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of marry: conjoin / espouse / get hitched with / get married / hook up with / wed
    • more generic words: unify / unite = act in concert or unite in a common purpose or belief
    • more specific words:
      • inmarry = marry within one's own tribe or group
      • mismarry = marry an unsuitable partner
      • wive = marry a woman, take a wife
      • wive = take (someone) as a wife
      • intermarry = marry within the same ethnic, social, or family group
      • remarry = marry, not for the first time
  2. perform a marriage ceremony
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient, plural]John opposed the two ideas
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient 1] to [Patient 2]John introduced Mary to me
      [Patient, plural] [Verb]John and Mary married
      [Patient, plural] [Verb] [Adverb]Eggs mix well | The pieces interconnect easily | These computers connected well
      [Patient 1 - being] [Verb] [Adverb] with [Patient 2]Folk songs alternate well with pop songs

      Verbs of Combining (with the same syntax): wed.

    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of marry: splice / tie / wed
    • more generic word: officiate = act in an official capacity in a ceremony or religious ritual, such as a wedding
    • more specific words: solemnise / solemnize = perform (the wedding ceremony) with proper ceremonies

Alternative definition of the verb marry


  1. [intransitive] To enter into the conjugal or connubial state; to take a husband or a wife. [definition from 14th c.]
  2. [transitive, in passive] To be joined [term, to] (someone) as spouse according to law or custom. [definition from 14th c.]
  3. [transitive] To dispose of in wedlock; to give away as wife or husband. [definition from 14th c.]
  4. [transitive] To take for husband or wife. [definition from 15th c.]
  5. [transitive] Figuratively, to unite in the closest and most endearing relation. [definition from 15th c.]
  6. [transitive] To unite in wedlock or matrimony; to perform the ceremony of joining spouses, ostensibly for life; to constitute a marital union according to the laws or customs of the place. [definition from 16th c.]

Other definitions of marry

What does marry also mean?


  1. [obsolete] indeed!, in truth!; a term of asseveration.


  1. Marry a.k.a. Marry Queen is an adult film actress.
  2. Marry is an actress.
    • also known as Marrie, Mary, Merry
    • profession: Actor
    • read more about Marry (actress)
  3. Marry a.k.a. Naotaka Nakano was a member of the musical group Color.

There are other people with in their name, like Marry Stephens, Khulud Alkuhaile Marry.


"Marry" is a book by John C. Souter.


MARRY is an Aviation waypoint.


Marry is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.

Phrases with Marry

  1. Marry Me
  2. Marry-in
  3. marry off
  4. Marry-Muff
  5. Marry Come Up
  6. Marry in Haste, Repent at Leisure
  7. Will You Marry Me
  8. Gay Marry

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Marry

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Google previewLiberty for All (2008)

Reclaiming Individual Privacy in a New Era of Public Morality by Elizabeth Price Foley

to the receipt of welfare benefits, the Court has not addressed whether the right to marry is a positive or negative right.

Court's marriage jurisprudence, the liberty to marry is an autonomy-based liberty, grounded in principles of individual ...

Google previewDebating Democracy: A Reader in American Politics (2011)

by Bruce Miroff, Raymond Seidelman, Todd Swanstrom

The right to marry is a predicate of the right to procreate and raise children in a traditional family setting. 2. The ability to have children is at the core of marriage. 3. Marriage is by definition dualgendered. It has been suggested that the right to ...

Google previewConstitutional Debate in Action (2005)

Civil Rights and Liberties by H. L. Pohlman

right to marry is the right to have children, if one chooses, without arbitrary governmental interference. This Court unanimously held “the right to have offspring" is a constitutionally protected 98 Chapter 3: ABORTION Briefs Roe' s Brief (1971)...

Google previewFamily Law in Focus (2016)

by Marlene A. Pontrelli, J. Shoshanna Ehrlich

” A third basis for protecting the right to marry is that it safeguards children and families and thus draws meaning from related rights of childrearing, procreation, and education ...

Google previewFolk Tales from Multan (2011)

The girl you are going to marry is a dark-coloured ugly one." At this , the ...

Google previewLoving V. Virginia in a Post-Racial World (2012)

Rethinking Race, Sex, and Marriage by Rose Cuison Villazor, Kevin Noble Maillard

In addition to this principle ofequal treatment, the opinion makes clear that the freedom to marry is a fundamental right, one that cannot be burdened without a compelling justification. So, stereotypical images ofinterracial marriages as unstable ...

Google previewUseful Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs (2017)

by Martin Manser

marry above (intransitive, preposition) marry someone higher than yourself in social rank: In spite of our ...

Google previewBouvier's Law Dictionary and Concise Encyclopedia (1914)

by John Bouvier, Francis Rawle

Under the law allowing parties to an action to testify, a promise of marriage cannot be inferred from the mere proof of circumstances such as usually attend an engagement to marry. In the absence of fraud, there must be proof of an actual ...

Google previewComparative Austronesian Dictionary (1995)

An Introduction to Austronesian Studies by Darrell T. Tryon

From English 'marry', also hoa. falctua (polite) 'wife of a chief, pastor etc'; tausi (polite) ' wife ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies (2016)

by Abbie E. Goldberg

Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to prevent same-sex couples from marrying, thus affirming the freedom to marry and equal protection under the law for all Americans. The current entry reviews the birth of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Relationships (2009)

Vol. 1- by Harry T. Reis, Susan Sprecher

same age as people tended to marry in previous decades; for many people, cohabitation rather than marriage before age 24 is common. Individual Factors Associated With Age at First Marriage In addition to the societal and economic ...

Google previewThe Multicultural Dictionary of Proverbs (2005)

Over 20,000 Adages from More Than 120 Languages, Nationalities and Ethnic Groups by Harold V. Cordry

Marry a person in your own rank in life. Latin 11606. Marry ...

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Usage statistics about marry

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb marry:


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Quotes about Marry

To marry an elder woman
Will test a man’s confidence.
To marry a prettier woman
Will test a man’s anxiety.

To marry an elder man
Will boosts a woman’s confidence.
To marry a popular man
Will raise her status.
31.10.2009 (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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Scrabble value of M3A1R1R1Y4

The value of this 5-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of MARRY

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