Meaning of MARRY in English



1. to get married

2. a relationship in which people are married

3. to ask someone to marry you

4. when you agree to get married

5. to find a husband or wife for someone

6. the person you are going to marry

7. ceremonies, celebrations etc when people get married

8. to perform a marriage ceremony

9. the people in a wedding

10. the people who are married

11. relating to people who are married

12. not married

13. not married any more


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1. to get married

▷ get married /get ˈmærid/ [verb phrase]

to officially become husband and wife :

▪ Jenny and Tom were very young when they got married.

▪ My daughter’s getting married in July.

get married to

▪ Is he getting married to Sophie at last?

▷ marry /ˈmæri/ [intransitive/transitive verb]

to get married to someone :

▪ Will you marry me?

▪ The only reason Carla married Henry was because she was pregnant.

▪ Do you think your sister will ever marry?

marry young

▪ I married young - it was a mistake.

▷ remarry /ˌriːˈmæri/ [intransitive/transitive verb]

to marry another person after a previous marriage has finished, or marry the same person again :

▪ It was a pity our father never remarried after our mother’s death.

▪ Elizabeth Taylor remarried Richard Burton after they had divorced years earlier.

▷ elope /ɪˈləʊp/ [intransitive verb]

to secretly leave your parents’ home in order to get married, especially without your parents’ approval or permission :

▪ If my father won’t agree to the marriage, we’ll just have to elope.

elope with

▪ Mary fell in love with Shelley and eloped with him to the Continent in 1814.

▷ marry into /ˈmæri ɪntuː/ [transitive phrasal verb]

if you marry into a family or a social class, you marry someone who belongs to it, and become part of it yourself :

▪ Stefan would like to marry into a family just like his own.

▪ the story of a poor Irish girl who marries into New York society

marry into money

marry someone who is rich or whose family is rich

▪ The only way Steven will ever be successful is if he marries into money.

2. a relationship in which people are married

▷ marriage /ˈmærɪdʒ/ [uncountable noun]

the relationship between two people who are married :

▪ She already has two children from a previous marriage.

▪ Do you think marriage is still important to young people?

▪ Over a third of all marriages now end in divorce.

▪ What’s the secret of a successful marriage?

first/second etc marriage

▪ After a disastrous first marriage to a young soldier, Kylie didn’t feel like rushing into another relationship.

▷ matrimony /ˈmætrɪməni, ˈmætrəməniǁ-məʊni/ [uncountable noun] formal

the state of being married :

▪ a couple bound in the state of holy matrimony

▷ be married /biː ˈmærɪd/ [verb phrase]

to be someone’s husband or wife :

▪ My uncle and his wife were married for 65 years.

▪ Is she married?

3. to ask someone to marry you

▷ ask somebody to marry you /ˌɑːsk somebody tə ˈmæri juːǁˌæsk-/ [verb phrase]

▪ Don’t tell anyone, but Timothy has asked me to marry him.

▪ Are you asking me to marry you?

▷ propose /prəˈpəʊz/ [intransitive verb] formal

to ask someone to marry you :

▪ Did he get down on one knee to propose?

propose to

▪ I thought he was going to propose to me, but in fact he just wanted to borrow some money.

proposal [countable noun]

▪ Two days after their first meeting, Tom made Anna an official proposal of marriage. he formally proposed

▷ pop the question /ˌpɒp ðə ˈkwestʃ ə nǁˌpɑːp-/ [verb phrase] informal

to ask someone to marry you :

▪ Jane was delighted when Matt eventually popped the question.

4. when you agree to get married

▷ engaged /ɪnˈgeɪdʒd/ [adjective]

if two people are engaged, they have agreed to get married to each other at some time in the future :

▪ Todd and Ellen have been engaged for about 3 months now.

engaged to

▪ He’s engaged to Paul’s sister.

get engaged

become engaged

▪ We got engaged at Christmas.

engaged to be married

▪ You’ll be glad to hear that Ralph and I, with my father’s consent, are engaged to be married.

▷ engagement /ɪnˈgeɪdʒmənt/ [countable noun usually singular]

an agreement by two people to get married at some time in the future :

announce your engagement

tell everyone that you are going to get married

▪ Glennis and John announced their engagement yesterday.

break off your engagement

say that you do not want to be engaged any more

▪ Anita broke off her engagement when she found out that Paulo had been seeing another woman.

engagement ring

▪ Has he bought you an engagement ring yet?

▷ set a date also fix/name the day /ˌset ə ˈdeɪt, ˌfɪks, ˌneɪm ðə ˈdeɪ/ [verb phrase]

to decide on the exact day for the official marriage ceremony :

▪ Lizzie and George have finally fixed a day for their marriage.

▪ Have the two of you set a date yet?

5. to find a husband or wife for someone

▷ marry off /ˌmæri ˈɒf/ [transitive phrasal verb]

to find a husband or wife for your child, especially your daughter, because this is convenient for you :

marry somebody off

▪ If they couldn’t marry Ellen off before her 21st birthday, nobody would marry her.

marry off somebody

▪ My uncle married off my cousin when she was 16.

marry somebody off to somebody

▪ Because of the scandal Roberta was married off to a stranger and sent away from Rome.

▷ arranged marriage /əˌreɪndʒd ˈmærɪdʒ/ [countable noun]

a marriage in which the parents choose a husband or wife for their child, especially because this is the custom in their society :

▪ Vikram’s parents have organized an arranged marriage for him in India but he already has a girlfriend here.

▪ In an arranged marriage the husband often insists that the wife brings a dowry.

6. the person you are going to marry

▷ fiancé/fiancée /fiˈɒnseɪǁˌfiɑːnˈseɪ/ [countable noun]

the man ( fiancé ) or woman ( fiancée ) that you are going to get married to :

▪ I’d like you to meet Janice, my fiancée.

▪ She didn’t know Henry was Marie’s fiancé.

▷ bride-to-be/husband-to-be /ˌbraɪd tə ˈbiː, ˌhʌzbənd tə ˈbiː/ [countable noun]

a woman or man who is soon going to be married, used especially when you are talking about the plans for the wedding ceremony :

▪ The magazine is aimed mainly at brides-to-be.

▪ It’s understandable if the husband-to-be feels nervous before the ceremony.

7. ceremonies, celebrations etc when people get married

▷ wedding /ˈwedɪŋ/ [countable noun]

an official ceremony at which two people get married, especially a religious ceremony :

▪ Mom always cries at weddings.

▪ After the wedding the bride and groom went straight to the airport for their flight to Fiji.

white wedding

British a marriage ceremony in a church in which the woman wears a white dress

▪ Are you going to have a traditional white wedding?

wedding ring/ceremony/invitation etc

▪ Have you sent out the wedding invitations yet?

▷ marriage /ˈmærɪdʒ/ [countable noun]

the ceremony at which two people are legally married, whether it involves religion or not :

▪ City Hall keeps a record of all the births, deaths and marriages in the county.

▪ The marriage took place without the bride’s parents’ consent.

marriage certificate/licence

▪ We had to bring our marriage certificate to prove that we are married.

▷ reception /rɪˈsepʃ ə n/ [countable noun]

an event that follows a wedding ceremony in which there is a meal, speeches, and sometimes dancing :

▪ We had our wedding reception in a local hotel.

▪ I went to the church service, but not to the reception.

▷ honeymoon /ˈhʌnimuːn/ [countable noun]

a holiday that two people go on when they have just got married :

▪ We’re thinking of going to Barbados for our honeymoon.

on (your) honeymoon

▪ We came to Paris on our honeymoon, and fell in love with the place.

honeymoon couple

▪ The Maldives is a popular destination for honeymoon couples.

▷ stag night British /bachelor party also stag party American /ˈstæg naɪt, ˈbætʃələʳ ˌpɑːʳti, ˈstæg ˌpɑːʳti/ [countable noun]

a party for a man and his male friends just before he gets married :

▪ It’s the best man’s job to arrange the groom’s stag night.

▪ This is the club where John F. Kennedy had his bachelor party.

▷ shower/bridal shower /ˈʃaʊəʳ, ˈbraɪdl ˌʃaʊəʳ/ [countable noun] American

a party for a woman and her female friends just before she gets married, when her friends give her gifts :

▪ Melissa ended up getting three blenders at her bridal shower.

▷ hen night/hen party /ˈhen naɪt, ˈhen ˌpɑːʳti/ [countable noun] British

a party for a woman and her female friends just before she gets married :

▪ It’s traditional to wear a silly hat on your hen night.

8. to perform a marriage ceremony

▷ marry /ˈmæri/ [transitive verb]

▪ The priest who married us forgot his lines during the ceremony.

▪ Mum and Dad fell in love on the cruise and were married by the ship’s captain.

9. the people in a wedding

▷ bride /braɪd/ [countable noun]

the woman who is getting married :

▪ Everyone turned around as the bride entered the church.

▪ Teenage brides are twice as likely to end up being divorced as women who marry later.

▪ He took his young bride to live on the ranch in Wyoming.

▷ groom/bridegroom /gruːm, ˈbraɪdgruːm/ [countable noun]

the man who is getting married :

▪ It is traditional for the groom to buy presents for the bridesmaids.

▪ Can I take a photograph of the bride and groom?

▷ the happy couple /ðə ˌhæpi ˈkʌp ə l/ [noun phrase] informal

a man and a woman who have just got married :

▪ I’d like to propose a toast to the happy couple.

▪ Everyone waved goodbye as the happy couple drove away.

▷ bridesmaid /ˈbraɪdzmeɪd/ [countable noun]

one of the women who help the bride on her wedding day, and who stand with her during the ceremony :

▪ My three sisters were bridesmaids for me.

▷ best man /ˌbest ˈmæn/ [singular noun]

the chief man who helps the groom on his wedding day, and who stands with him during the ceremony :

▪ I was honoured that he asked me to be his best man.

▷ matron of honour British /matron of honor American /ˌmeɪtrən əv ˈɒnəʳǁ-ˈɑːn-/ [countable noun]

the chief married woman who helps the bride on the day of her wedding, and who stands with her during the ceremony :

▪ I asked my older sister, Louise, to be my matron of honor.

▷ maid of honour British /maid of honor American /ˌmeɪd əv ˈɒnəʳǁ-ˈɑːn-/ [countable noun]

the chief unmarried woman who helps the bride on the day of her wedding and who stands with her during the ceremony :

▪ Leslie couldn’t decide which of her college friends she wanted for her maid of honor.

▷ groomsman /ˈgruːmzmən, ˈgrʊmz-/ [countable noun] American

one of the men who help the groom on his wedding day, and who stand with him during the ceremony :

▪ We need one groomsman for each bridesmaid.

10. the people who are married

▷ couple /ˈkʌp ə l/ [countable noun]

two people who are married to each other, or who are having a romantic relationship :

▪ An elderly couple live next door.

▪ They’re a nice couple, aren’t they?

married couple

▪ Shirley and Bob are a young married couple with two small children.

▷ newlyweds /ˈnjuːliwedzǁˈnuː-/ [plural noun]

a man and woman who have recently married :

▪ Everyone left at about midnight, leaving the newlyweds alone at last.

▪ The hotel seemed to be full of newlyweds.

▷ man and wife /ˌmæn ənd ˈwaɪf/ [noun phrase] formal

a married couple :

as man and wife

▪ Terry and Meena aren’t married but they live together as man and wife.

pronounce somebody man and wife

say that two people are officially married

▪ Mom burst into tears as the minister pronounced us man and wife.

▷ married /ˈmærid/ [adjective]

▪ Are you married or single?

▪ We’ve been married for 25 years.

married to

▪ Geraldine was married to the richest man in France and still pretended she couldn’t afford a new outfit.

happily married

▪ Richard is happily married with two young children.

▷ wife /waɪf/ [countable noun]

the woman that a man is married to :

▪ My wife’s career is very important to her.

▪ Have you met the Ambassador’s wife?

first/second etc wife

▪ He remarried after his first wife died of cancer.

▷ husband /ˈhʌzbənd/ [countable noun]

the man that a woman is married to :

▪ I don’t like Francesca’s husband very much.

▪ How many husbands would stay at home and take care of the children while their wife goes out to work?

first/second etc husband

▪ Gary’s her second husband.

▷ spouse /spaʊs, spaʊz/ [countable noun] formal

the man or woman that someone is married to - use this in legal or official contexts :

▪ You may choose to pay income tax jointly or separately from your spouse.

▷ partner /ˈpɑːʳtnəʳ/ [countable noun]

the person that someone lives with in a romantic relationship - use this whether they are married or not :

▪ Have you met my partner, Ray?

▪ The office party is on Friday, but partners aren’t invited.

11. relating to people who are married

▷ married /ˈmærid/ [adjective only before noun]

married name

the name a woman uses after she is married, if she has changed her name to her husband’s name

▪ Is Robertson your married name?

married life

your life as a married person

▪ After thirty-two years of married life Barbara had no illusions left.

▷ marital /ˈmærɪtl, ˈmærətl/ [adjective only before noun]

marital problems/violence/difficulties/breakdown

problems etc between people who are married

▪ The police have the power to stop people holding their marital disputes in public.

marital bliss

an extremely happy marriage

▪ It wasn’t what you would call marital bliss, but it was a good, solid marriage.

▪ Many wives do not report acts of marital violence to the police.

marital status

formal whether or not someone is married - used on official forms

▪ Age, sex and marital status all affect earnings and income.

▷ matrimonial /ˌmætrɪˈməʊniəl◂, ˌmætrəˈməʊniəl◂/ [adjective usually before noun] formal

belonging to or concerning a man and a woman who are married - used in legal or official contexts :

the matrimonial home

▪ In the divorce proceedings, Marianne agreed to give up all rights to the matrimonial home.

a matrimonial conflict/dispute

▪ In any matrimonial conflict, it is always the children who suffer most.

12. not married

▷ not married /nɒt ˈmærid/ [adjective]

▪ He told her he wasn’t married, but he was lying.

▪ Jeff and Paula have two children, but they’re not actually married.

▷ single /ˈsɪŋg ə l/ [adjective]

someone who is single is not married or is not in a permanent romantic relationship with anyone :

▪ Please fill in the section on the form that asks if you’re single, married or divorced.

▪ At my age it’s difficult to meet single women.

single parent

▪ Many of the children at the school come from single parent families.

single mother

▪ I’m a single mother, so I don’t have much money.

singles [plural noun]

▪ people who are single They met at a singles’ bar.

▷ unmarried /ˌʌnˈmærid◂/ [adjective]

an unmarried person is someone who has never been married :

▪ Mrs Travis has three unmarried sons.

unmarried mother

▪ Unmarried mothers can usually receive help from the State or Federal governments.

▷ bachelor /ˈbætʃələʳ/ [countable noun]

a man who has never been married :

▪ Ben was the only bachelor among all the married couples and felt quite out of place.

somebody’s bachelor days

▪ Now that Derek’s bachelor days were over he’d have to start behaving in a more responsible manner.

bachelor flat

▪ His home had the look of a bachelor flat - clean but empty.

▷ spinster /ˈspɪnstəʳ/ [countable noun]

a word meaning a woman who has never married, especially a woman who is no longer young, which some people now think is offensive :

▪ Both my father’s sisters were spinsters.

spinster aunt/sister/lady etc

▪ Sally lives with her mother and her spinster aunt.

▷ eligible /ˈelɪdʒəb ə l, ˈelədʒəb ə l/ [adjective]

rich, attractive, and not married, and therefore very desirable as a husband or wife :

▪ His father had suggested several eligible middle class girls to him.

eligible bachelor

▪ The world saw Jack as a rich eligible bachelor, but really he was very shy.

13. not married any more

▷ divorced /dɪˈvɔːʳst, dəˈvɔːʳst/ [adjective]

someone who is divorced has officially ended their marriage :

▪ He’s living with a divorced woman and her two children.

▪ Yes, she used to be married, but she’s been divorced since last year.

get divorced

officially end your marriage

▪ They got divorced only three years after they got married.

▷ ex-husband/ex-wife /ˌeks ˈhʌzbənd, ˌeks ˈwaɪf/ [countable noun]

the man or woman that you used to be married to before getting divorced :

▪ His ex-wife never lets him see the children.

▷ be separated /biː ˈsepəreɪtə̇d/ [verb phrase]

if a husband and wife are separated, they do not live with each other, because they are not happy together any more, but they are not divorced :

▪ We’re not divorced, but we’ve been separated for six months.

▷ widow /ˈwɪdəʊ/ [countable noun]

a woman whose husband has died and who has not married again :

▪ Mr Jarvis died yesterday, leaving a widow and four children.

▪ Mourners at the funeral included Paul’s widow, Sarah Jones.

▷ widower /ˈwɪdəʊəʳ/ [countable noun]

a man whose wife has died and who has not married again :

▪ Mr Wright, a widower with one son and two grandchildren, made his first parachute jump yesterday.

▷ widowed /ˈwɪdəʊd/ [adjective]

if someone is widowed, their wife or husband has died and they have not married again :

▪ Joyce had come to Tucson to live with a recently widowed aunt.

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