Definition for MAR'RY

MAR'RY, v.t. [Fr. marier, from mari, a husband; L. mas, maris, a male; Finnish, mari or mord, id.; Ar. مَرَأ mara, to be manly, masculine, brave; whence its derivatives, a man, L. vir, a husband, a lord or master. See also Ludolf, Eth. Lex. Col. 62.]

  1. To unite in wedlock or matrimony; to join a man and woman for life, and constitute them man and wife according to the laws or customs of a nation. By the laws, ordained clergymen have a right to marry persons within certain limits prescribed. Tell him he shall marry the couple himself. Gay.
  2. To dispose of in wedlock. Mæcenais told Augustus he must either marry his daughter Julia to Agrippa, or take away his life. Bacon. [In this sense, it is properly applicable to females only.]
  3. To take for husband or wife. We say, a man marries a woman; or a woman marries a man. The first was the original sense, but both are now well authorized.
  4. In Scripture, to unite in covenant, or in the closest connection. Turn, O backsliding children, saith Jehovah, for I am married to you. Jer. iii.

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