marriage


marriage
noun
1 state of being married
ADJECTIVE
good, happy, successful
broken, disastrous, failed, unhappy

She was the child of a broken marriage.

first, second, etc.
previous
early, late
modern
conventional, traditional
interfaith, interracial, mixed
gay, homosexual, lesbian, same-sex
heterosexual, straight
open
common-law
monogamous, polygamous
morganatic (esp. BrE)
loveless
childless
arranged, forced
VERB + MARRIAGE
have

He had an unhappy marriage with an older woman.

propose
enter into
consummate
annul, dissolve
save

They are struggling to save their marriage for the children's sake.

legalize, recognize

Same-sex marriages are recognized in some countries already.

ban, forbid, prohibit
MARRIAGE + VERB
last
be over, break down, break up, end, fail, fall apart

Their marriage ended in divorce.

MARRIAGE + NOUN
vows
plans, proposal
partner
relationship
break-up, breakdown, problems
counselling/counseling, guidance (BrE)
counsellor/counselor
market

More divorced people have joined the marriage market.

bed
PREPOSITION
by a marriage, from a marriage

She's his daughter by a previous marriage.

by marriage

They are related by marriage.

in a/the marriage

She was the dominant partner in the marriage.

outside marriage

sex outside marriage

within marriage
marriage between

the marriage between John and Elizabeth

marriage into

his marriage into a wealthy family

marriage to, marriage with

her marriage to Jim

PHRASES
ask for sb's hand in marriage, win sb's hand in marriage (both old-fashioned)
the break-up of a marriage, the breakdown of a marriage
give sb in marriage (old-fashioned)
the institution of marriage
a marriage of convenience
a proposal of marriage
2 wedding ceremony
ADJECTIVE
Christian, Jewish, etc.
civil
shotgun (= arranged quickly because the bride is pregnant) (usually shotgun wedding)
VERB + MARRIAGE
celebrate

The marriage was celebrated in the cathedral.

MARRIAGE + VERB
be held, take place
MARRIAGE + NOUN
ceremony
certificate (BrE), contract, licence/license
PREPOSITION
at a/the marriage

She wanted to be present at the marriage of her grandson.

marriage to

Mr and Mrs Wall invite you to the marriage of their daughter Ann to Mr Thomas Lea.


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