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verb marry pronunciation in British English /ˈmæri/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlemarrying
past tensemarried
past participlemarried
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  1. 1
    [transitive] if someone marries someone else, they are fomally joined in marriage with that person

    The day I married Sarah was the happiest day of my life.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] if someone marries, they are formally joined in marriage with someone

      When two people marry, they enter into a contract with each other.

    2. b.
      [transitive] to perform the ceremony in which two people are formally joined in marriage

      The priest will only marry you if you are members of the church.

    3. c.
      [transitive] to persuade or force someone to be formally joined in marriage to someone else
      marry someone to someone:

      They were hoping to marry her to a doctor.

  2. 2
    [transitive] formal to combine one thing with another
    marry something with something:

    They’ve devised a menu that marries traditional ingredients with modern tastes.

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