• To enter into the conjugal or connubial state; to take a husband or a wife.
  • To enter into marriage with one another.
  • To take as husband or wife.
  • To arrange for the marriage of; to give away as wife or husband.
  • To unite in wedlock or matrimony; to perform the ceremony of joining spouses; to bring about a marital union according to the laws or customs of a place.
  • To join or connect. See also marry up.
  • To unite; to join together into a close union.
  • To place (two ropes) alongside each other so that they may be grasped and hauled on at the same time.
  • To join (two ropes) end to end so that both will pass through a block.



  • From Middle English marien, from Anglo-Norman marïer, from Latin marito, from marītus, from mās, of uncertain origin. Possibly from Proto-Indo-European *méryos ("young man"), same source as Sanskrit मर्य. Compare its feminine derivatives: Welsh morwyn ("girl"), merch, Crimean Gothic marzus ("wedding"), Ancient Greek μεῖραξ ("boy; girl"), Lithuanian martì ("bride"), Avestan 𐬨𐬀𐬌𐬭𐬌𐬌𐬀.) Displaced native .
  • From Middle English Marie, referring to Mary, the Virgin Mary. Mid-14th century.

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