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verb car·ry \ˈka-rē, ˈker-ē\

Simple Definition of carry

  • : to move (something) while holding and supporting it

  • : to contain and direct the flow of (water, electricity, etc.)

  • : to have (something) with you or on your body

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of carry


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to move while supporting :  transport <her legs refused to carry her further — Ellen Glasgow>

  3. 2 :  to convey by direct communication <carry tales about a friend>

  4. 3 chiefly dialect :  conduct, escort

  5. 4 :  to influence by mental or emotional appeal :  sway

  6. 5 :  to get possession or control of :  capture <carried off the prize>

  7. 6 :  to transfer from one place (as a column) to another <carry a number in adding>

  8. 7 :  to contain and direct the course of <the drain carries sewage>

  9. 8 a :  to wear or have on one's person b :  to bear upon or within one <is carrying an unborn child>

  10. 9 a :  to have or bear especially as a mark, attribute, or property <carry a scar> b :  imply, involve <the crime carried a heavy penalty>

  11. 10 :  to hold or comport (as one's person) in a specified manner

  12. 11 :  to sustain the weight or burden of <pillars carry an arch> <is carrying a full course load>

  13. 12 :  to bear as a crop

  14. 13 :  to sing with reasonable correctness of pitch <carry a tune>

  15. 14 a :  to keep in stock for sale b :  to provide sustenance for <land carrying 10 head of cattle> c :  to have or maintain on a list or record <carry a person on a payroll> <carried six guards on the team>

  16. 15 :  to be chiefly or solely responsible for the success, effectiveness, or continuation of <a player capable of carrying a team> <her performance carried the play>

  17. 16 :  to prolong or maintain in space, time, or degree <carry a principle too far> <carry the wall above the eaves> <carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning>

  18. 17 a :  to gain victory for; especially :  to secure the adoption or passage of b :  to win a majority or plurality of votes in (as a legislative body or a state)

  19. 18 :  to present for public use or consumption <newspapers carry weather reports> <channel nine will carry the game>

  20. 19 a :  to bear the charges of holding or having (as stocks or merchandise) from one time to another b :  to keep on one's books as a debtor <a merchant carries a customer>

  21. 20 :  to hold to and follow after (as a scent)

  22. 21 :  to hoist and maintain (a sail) in use

  23. 22 :  to pass over (as a hazard) at a single stroke in golf <carry a bunker>

  24. 23 :  to propel and control (a puck or ball) along a playing surface

  25. intransitive verb
  26. 1 :  to act as a bearer

  27. 2 a :  to reach or penetrate to a distance <voices carry well> <fly balls don't carry well in cold air> b :  to convey itself to a reader or audience

  28. 3 :  to undergo or admit of carriage in a specified way

  29. 4 of a hunting dog :  to keep and follow the scent

  30. 5 :  to win adoption <the motion carried by a vote of 71–25>

carry a torch or carry the torch
  1. 1 :  crusade

  2. 2 :  to be in love especially without reciprocation :  cherish a longing or devotion <still carrying a torch for a former lover>

carry the ball
  1. :  to perform or assume the chief role :  bear the major portion of work or responsibility

carry the day
  1. :  win, prevail

Examples of carry in a sentence

  1. I'll carry your luggage to your room.

  2. He was carrying his baby daughter in his arms.

  3. For two months, I carried the book around with me everywhere I went.

  4. The waitress carried away our empty dinner plates.

  5. The wind carried the smoke away from the campsite.

  6. These planes can carry up to 300 passengers.

  7. a ship carrying thousands of gallons of oil

  8. Oil is carried to the factory through these pipes.

  9. We installed gutters that will carry water away from the house.

  10. blood vessels that carry blood to the heart

Origin of carry

Middle English carien, from Anglo-French carier to transport, from carre vehicle, from Latin carrus — more at car

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with carry



noun car·ry

Simple Definition of carry

  • American football : the act of running with the ball

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of carry

plural carries

  1. 1 :  carrying power; especially :  the range of a gun or projectile or of a struck or thrown ball

  2. 2 a :  portage b :  the act or method of carrying <fireman's carry> c :  the act of rushing with the ball in football <averaged four yards per carry>

  3. 3 :  the position assumed by a color-bearer with the flag or guidon held in position for marching

  4. 4 :  a quantity that is transferred in addition from one number place to the adjacent one of higher place value

Examples of carry in a sentence

  1. He averaged four yards per carry this season.


First Known Use of carry


CARRY Defined for Kids


verb car·ry \ˈker-ē\

Definition of carry for Students


  1. 1 :  to take or transfer from one place to another <Can you carry a package?> <You might need to carry a number in addition.>

  2. 2 :  to contain and direct the course of <The pipe is carrying water to the sea.>

  3. 3 :  to wear or have on or within the body <carry money> <She is carrying an unborn child.>

  4. 4 :  to have as an element, quality, or part <Does the camera carry a guarantee?>

  5. 5 :  to have for sale <The market carries fresh fish.>

  6. 6 :  to go over or travel a distance <His voice carried across the river.>

  7. 7 :  1support 1, bear <The building has pillars that carry an arch.>

  8. 8 :  1win 3 <He will carry the election.>

  9. 9 :  to hold or bear the body or some part of it <Carry your head high.>

  10. 10 :  to sing in correct pitch <Can you carry a tune?>

  11. 11 :  to present to the public <The story was carried on the evening news.> <The paper carries weather reports.>

carry away
  1. :  to cause strong feeling in <The music carried her away.>

carry on
  1. 1 :  to behave in an improper or excited manner <Ramona cried and carried on so … that they sent her home. — Barbara Robinson, Best Christmas Pageant>

  2. 2 :  manage 1 <They carry on a business.>

  3. 3 :  to continue in spite of difficulties <The scientists carried on even without their equipment.>

carry out
  1. :  to put into action or effect

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb car·ry \ˈkar-ē\

Medical Definition of carry

carried; carrying

  1. 1:  to harbor (a pathogen) within the body <many are unaware they carry the virus and could be infecting others—Donald MacGillis>

  2. 2:  to possess a specified gene <women who carry genes that increase the risk of breast cancer—Liz Szabo>; specifically :  to possess one copy of a specified recessive gene and be capable of transmitting it to offspring <screening tests to see whether parents carry genes for cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs disease or other defects—Lisa Greene>

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