• WordNet 3.6
    • v marry take in marriage
    • v marry perform a marriage ceremony "The minister married us on Saturday","We were wed the following week","The couple got spliced on Hawaii"
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Why Marry Why Marry
Marry me! Marry me Marry me! Marry me

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Playwright Shakespeare was only 18 years old when he married Ann Hathaway, who was 26 years old at the time
    • Marry Figuratively, to unite in the closest and most endearing relation. "Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you."
    • interj Marry Indeed! in truth! -- a term of asseveration said to have been derived from the practice of swearing by the Virgin Mary.
    • Marry To dispose of in wedlock; to give away as wife. "Mæcenas took the liberty to tell him [Augustus] that he must either marry his daughter [Julia] to Agrippa, or take away his life."
    • v. i Marry To enter into the conjugal or connubial state; to take a husband or a wife. "I will, therefore, that the younger women marry ."
    • Marry To join according to law, (a man) to a woman as his wife, or (a woman) to a man as her husband. See the Note to def. 4. "A woman who had been married to her twenty-fifth husband, and being now a widow, was prohibited to marry."
    • Marry To take for husband or wife. See the Note below. "They got him [the Duke of Monmouth] . . . to declare in writing, that the last king [Charles II.] told him he was never married to his mother."
    • Marry To unite in wedlock or matrimony; to perform the ceremony of joining, as a man and a woman, for life; to constitute (a man and a woman) husband and wife according to the laws or customs of the place. "Tell him that he shall marry the couple himself."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Kentucky, 50 percent of the people who get married for the first time are teenagers
    • marry To unite in wedlock or matrimony; join for life, as a man and a woman, or a man or woman to one of the opposite sex; constitute man and wife, or a husband or wife, according to the laws or customs of a nation.
    • marry To give in marriage; cause to be married.
    • marry To take for husband or wife: as, a man marries a woman, or a woman marries a man.
    • marry Figuratively, to unite intimately or by some close bond of connection.
    • marry Nautical, to fasten together, as two ropes, end to end, in such a way that in unreeving one from a block the other is drawn in.
    • marry Synonyms To wed, espouse.
    • marry To enter into the conjugal state; take a husband or a wife.
    • marry Indeed! forsooth! a term of asseveration, or used to express surprise or other feeling.
    • marry [The word was formerly much used, with various additions, to express surprise, contempt, or satirical encouragement, as in the phrases following.]
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Approximately 100,000 people get married in Las Vegas each year
    • v.t Marry mar′i to take for husband or wife: to give in marriage: to unite in matrimony
    • v.i Marry to enter into the married state: to take a husband or a wife:—pr.p. marr′ying; pa.t. and pa.p. marr′ied
    • interj Marry mar′i indeed! forsooth!
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  • Peg Bundy
    Peg Bundy
    “I hate work. That's why I got married.”
  • Robert Burton
    “One was never married, and that's his hell; another is, and that's his plague.”
  • Lord Byron
    “I have great hopes that we shall love each other all our lives as much as if we had never married at all.”
  • Noel Coward
    Noel Coward
    “I've sometimes thought of marrying, and then I've thought again.”
  • Alexis Dupuy
    Alexis Dupuy
    “Men marry to make an end; women to make a beginning.”
  • Richard Ford
    Richard Ford
    “Married life requires shared mystery even when all the facts are known.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. marien, F. marier, L. maritare, fr. maritus, husband, fr. mas, maris, a male. See Male, and cf. Maritral
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
By Mary.


In literature:

Mist'ess, I didn't marry de fust time 'til long atter de War, and now I done been married three times.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
De same Preacher Brown what baptized me, married us an' den us had a big supper.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
She wants to marry you, but she prefers to marry me.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
But were she free to marry again to-morrow, he knew that he could not marry her.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
I swear to God if you won't marry me I will marry no one.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
He had married some one she didn't much care about, though she did not enlarge on this dislike.
"Franklin Kane" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
When I been marry, Dr. Ward Fadder (Father) aint been marry yet.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
The first time a baby is taken visiting, if it is laid on a married couple's bed there will be a baby for that couple.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
The inexorable David, perhaps, had married another's love.
"The Entailed Hat" by George Alfred Townsend
They don't have to get married if they don't want to.
"The Sagebrusher" by Emerson Hough

In poetry:

Sin and Death, those sisters two,
Two, two,
Sat together while dawned the morning.
Sister, marry! Your house will do,
Do, do,
For me, too, was Death's warning.
"Sin, Death" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Whither will the cloud its darkness carry
Whose trembling drops about me spill?
Two worlds, of shadow and splendour, marry:
I stand between them rapt and still.
"Evening Rain" by Robert Laurence Binyon
"On the day that you marry her," muttered PREPERE
(With a pistol he quietly played),
"I'll scatter the brains in your noddle, I swear,
All over the stony parade!"
"The Two Majors" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The gentleman said, "Come, marry with me,
As fine as a lady my Bessy shall be:
My life is distress-ed: O hear me," quoth he;
And grant me thy love, my pretty Bessee."
"The Beggar's Daughter Of Bethnal Green" by Henry Morley
I listened to ould Dolan's honest words:
That's twenty years ago this very spring,
An' Mick is married, an' me Rosie wears
A swateheart's little shinin' goulden ring.
"A Hungry Day" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
There sits a bird on every tree;
Sing heigh-ho!
There sits a bird on every tree,
And courts his love as I do thee;
Sing heigh-ho, and heigh-ho!
Young maids must marry.
"Sing Heigh-Ho!" by Charles Kingsley

In news:

Alison Behrens and John Braly were married on Oct 22, 2010 at Walnut Creek Chapel with Dwight Helt officiating.
Alison Behrens and John Braly have announced their engagement and plans to marry at 7 pm on Oct 22, 2010 at the Walnut Creek Chapel.
Was in the Army, he had Wanda meet him and the preacher at the train station in Texarkana, Texas where they were married on October 19,1946 and then moved to Sanger, Texas to begin their life together.
Jennifer Dawn Caddell and Jason Martin Bellis , both of San Antonio, were married Nov 22 on Trunk Bay Beach in St John, Virgin Islands, with the Rev.
He was married to Marilyn York, who survives in Portage.
Marnie Gila Berk , a daughter of Adele and Walter Berk of New York, was married there last evening to Jonathan Silvan, a son of Helaine Shlasko of Framingham, Mass.
BROWNSBURG — Nicole M Pace of Brownsburg and Daniel A Bernhardt of Westfield were married Oct 2 in Brownsburg with the Rev.
The married couple, the reality show's creators and executive producers, reveal what goes into their race around the world.
Melissa Marcella Tooker and Charles Justin Bertram , both of Killeen, Texas, were married July 9, 2010 in Houston.
He betrayed his wife, Vivien Merchant, with journalist Joan Bakewell, who was married to Michael Bakewell, at one point head of plays for the BBC.
Manuel Uribe, the Guinness Record holder as the world's fattest man until he dieted down to nearly half his peak weight, celebrated by getting married recently.
He married Tammy Kettner on June 12, 1980, in Miami, Okla.
Once-Married Romney Offers 'Better Profile' For GOP Than Thrice -Married Newt.
My husband and I just got married a few months ago, so this is the first Christmas we're spending as a married couple.
Being married--especially happily married--may lead to a longer life… (Robert Lachman / Los Angeles…).

In science:

Another key-issue in the study of galaxy evolution is the determination of the cosmic SN rate, which can provide useful constraints on the cosmological parameters (Marri, Ferrara & Pozzetti 2000), on the possible SN progenitor models and on the evolution of the cosmic star formation history.
The cosmic evolution of the galaxy luminosity density
The appropriate formalism for this, that marries in a quantum-mechanically consistent way these two aspects, consists in studying the spatial evolution of the 3 × 3 matrix of densities of neutrinos, ρ(Eν ), and of anti-neutrinos, ¯ρ(Eν ).
Spectra of neutrinos from dark matter annihilations
This requires “marrying” LDA to DMFT, which enables direct access to the correlated spectral functions .
Normal State Correlated Electronic Structure of Iron Pnictides
Nine of the authors are married or engaged, and five are experiencing a significant “two-body problem” in the search for their next position.
Challenges facing young astrophysicists
This changes if one marries SUSY with GUT ideas, in fact SUSY-GUTs (e.g. as based on SU(5)) are the only theories which allow for grand uni fication broke n at a low scale (∼ 1 TeV).
Implications of low and high energy measurements on SUSY models