Meaning of “married” in the English Dictionary

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"married" in British English

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uk /ˈmæ us /ˈ

A2 having a wife or husband:

a married couple
We've been happily married for five years.
Please state whether you are single, cohabiting, married, separated, divorced or widowed.
Smith was married with two children.
So how are you enjoying married life?
She had an affair with a married man.
The survey reveals that two-thirds of married women earn less than their husbands.
So how long have you been married to Nicky?
figurative Rachel seems to be married to (= very involved with) her new job at the moment, so we hardly ever see her.
get married

A2 to begin a legal relationship with someone as their husband or wife:

When are you getting married?
Chris and Debbie got married last summer.
Jamie's getting married to Laura.

More examples

  • She doesn't know you're married? You have to stop living a lie and tell her.
  • They were very unhappily married but kept up appearances for the sake of their children.
  • He was under the mistaken impression (that) you were married.
  • Both her children are now married with children of their own.
  • Money is often a source of tension and disagreements in young married couples.

(Definition of “married” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)