marry off

marry off
If you marry someone off, you find a suitable person for them to marry.

[V n P to n] They advised her mother to marry her off to the old man as he was very rich...

[V P n (not pron) to n] He had the good fortune to marry off his daughter to the local chief...

[V P n (not pron)] The poor are taking advantage of this edict to marry off their daughters without enormous expenditure while they can...

[be V-ed P] Tradition dictates that girls should be married off early. [Also V n P]

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  • marry off — transitive verb : to dispose of in marriage : find a marriage partner for finally married off all his daughters married the youngest one off just recently * * * marry off To find a spouse for or succeed in marrying (eg one s son or daughter) • •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • marry off — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms marry off : present tense I/you/we/they marry off he/she/it marries off present participle marrying off past tense married off past participle married off to find a husband or wife for someone marry someone… …   English dictionary

  • marry off — v. (D; tr.) to marry off to * * * [ mærɪ ɒf] (D;tr.) to marry off to …   Combinatory dictionary

  • marry off — verb to find a spouse for ones child …   Wiktionary

  • marry off — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. give in marriage, bestow, make a match, find a mate for; see give 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • marry — marry1 [mar′ē] vt. married, marrying [ME marien < OFr marier < L maritare < maritus, a husband, married, prob. < IE base * meri, young wife, akin to * meryo, young man > Sans márya , man, young man, suitor] 1. a) to join as… …   English World dictionary

  • marry — mar|ry W2S1 [ˈmæri] v past tense and past participle married present participle marrying third person singular marries [Date: 1200 1300; : French; Origin: marier, from Latin maritare, from maritus husband ] 1.) [I and T] if you marry someone, you …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • marry — mar|ry [ meri ] verb *** 1. ) transitive if someone marries someone else, they become the husband or wife of that person: The day I married Sarah was the happiest day of my life. a ) intransitive if someone marries, they become the husband or… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • marry — marry1 marrier, n. /mar ee/, v., married, marrying. v.t. 1. to take as a husband or wife; take in marriage: Susan married Ed. 2. to perform the marriage ceremonies for (two people who wish to be husband and wife); join in wedlock: The minister… …   Universalium

  • marry — v. 1) (d; intr.) to marry into (to marry into a good family) 2) see marry off * * * [ mærɪ] see marry off (d; intr.) to marry into (to marry into a good family) …   Combinatory dictionary

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