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Definition of marry verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they marry
    he / she / it marries
    past simple married
    -ing form marrying
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to become the husband or wife of someone; to get married to someone marry (somebody) She married a Canadian. He was 36 when he married Viv. He never married. I guess I'm not the marrying kind (= the kind of person who wants to get married). + adj. They married young. It is more common to sayThey're getting married next month.thanThey're marrying next month. Topic CollocationsMarriage and Divorceromance fall/be (madly/deeply/hopelessly)in love (with somebody) be/believe in/fall in love at first sight be/find true love/the love of your life suffer (from) (the pains/pangs of) unrequited love have/feel/show/express great/deep/genuine affection for somebody/something meet/marry your husband/wife/partner/fiancé/fiancée/boyfriend/girlfriend have/go on a (blind)date be going out with/dating a guy/girl/boy/man/woman move in with/live with your boyfriend/girlfriendweddings get/be engaged/married/divorced arrange/plan a wedding have a big wedding/a honeymoon/a happy marriage have/enter into an arranged marriage call off/cancel/postpone your wedding invite somebody to/go to/attend a wedding/a wedding ceremony/a wedding reception conduct/perform a wedding ceremony exchange rings/wedding vows/marriage vows congratulate/toast/raise a glass to the happy couple be/go on your honeymoon (with your wife/husband) celebrate your first (wedding) anniversaryseparation and divorce be unfaithful to/ (informal) cheat on your husband/wife/partner/fiancé/fiancée/boyfriend/girlfriend have an affair (with somebody) break off/end an engagement/a relationship break up with/ (informal) dump your boyfriend/girlfriend separate from/be separated from/leave/divorce your husband/wife annul/dissolve a marriage file for/ask for/go through/get a divorce get/gain/be awarded/have/lose custody of the children pay alimony/child support (to your ex-wife/husband)
  2. 2[transitive] marry somebody to perform a ceremony in which a man and woman become husband and wife They were married by a Baptist minister.
  3. 3[transitive] marry somebody (to somebody) to find a husband or wife for someone, especially your daughter or son
  4. 4[transitive] marry something and/to/with something (formal) to combine two different things, ideas, etc. successfully synonym unite The music business marries art and commerce.
  5. Word Familymarry verbmarriage nounmarried adjective (unmarried)marry verbmarriage nounmarried adjective (unmarried)Idioms
    marry in haste (, repent at leisure) (saying)
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    people who marry quickly, without really getting to know each other, may discover later that they have made a mistake
    marry money
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    to marry a rich person
    Phrasal Verbsmarry into somethingmarry somebodyoff (to somebody)
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: marry