Meaning of “marry” in the English Dictionary

"marry" in British English

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marryverb

uk /ˈmær.i/ us /ˈmer.i/

marry verb (TWO PEOPLE)

B1 [ I or T ] to become the legally accepted husband or wife of someone in an official or religious ceremony:

Men tend to marry later than women.
Paul married Lucy four years ago.
They don't have any plans to marry at present.

[ T ] to perform the ceremony of marriage as a priest or official:

The royal couple were married by the Archbishop of Canterbury .

More examples

  • He's been single for so long now, I don't think he'll ever marry.
  • He told me that he's going to ask Ruth to marry him.
  • Greg and Jody met at college and married soon after they graduated.
  • He finally plucked up courage to ask her to marry him.
  • In many cultures, it is considered important for a woman to keep herself pure until she marries.

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

"marry" in American English

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marryverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈmær·i/

to become the legally accepted husband or wife of someone in an official or religious ceremony:

[ T ] He married Lori, his girlfriend from high school.

To marry is also to perform the ceremony for two people that makes them legally married:

[ T ] Judge Wilcox married us at City Hall.

(Definition of “marry” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)