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verb con·vey \kən-ˈvā\

Simple Definition of convey

  • : to take or carry (someone or something) from one place to another

  • : to make (something) known to someone

  • law : to change the ownership of (property) from one person to another

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of convey



  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  lead, conduct

  3. 2 a :  to bear from one place to another; especially :  to move in a continuous stream or mass b :  to impart or communicate by statement, suggestion, gesture, or appearance <struggling to convey his feelings> c (1) archaic :  steal (2) obsolete :  to carry away secretly d :  to transfer or deliver (as property) to another especially by a sealed writing e :  to cause to pass from one place or person to another <convey a message>

Examples of convey in a sentence

  1. To convey sympathy to a bereaved parent by telephone struck him as maladroit … —P. D. James, The Private Patient, 2008

  2. … he conveys so much kindliness and benign authority that he is probably forgiven each time he directs a tuna-fish shopper into the thick of the English muffins. —Susan Orlean, New Yorker, 22 June 1992

  3. Robyn was well aware that clothes do not merely serve the practical purpose of covering our bodies, but also convey messages about who we are, what we are doing, and how we feel. —David Lodge, Nice Work, 1990

  4. … please convey to Mr. & Mrs. Langdon my love &respectful duty. —Mark Twain, 28 Nov. 1868, in Mark Twain's Letters, 1990

  5. The singer was conveyed from her hotel to the airport by limousine.

  6. They conveyed the goods by ship.

  7. The pipes convey water to the fields.

  8. The message conveyed a sense of urgency.

  9. He conveyed the estate to his son.

Origin and Etymology of convey

Middle English, from Anglo-French conveer to accompany, escort, from Vulgar Latin *conviare, from Latin com- + via way — more at way

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with convey

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CONVEY Defined for Kids


verb con·vey \kən-ˈvā\

Definition of convey for Students



  1. 1 :  to carry from one place to another :  transport <Pipes convey water.> <Travelers were conveyed to the airport by shuttle.>

  2. 2 :  to make known :  communicate <We use words to convey our thoughts.>

Law Dictionary


transitive verb con·vey \kən-ˈvā\

Legal Definition of convey



  1. :  to transfer or transmit (property or property rights) to another especially by a writing (as a deed or will) <agreed to convey to the estate his Manhattan town house — R. H. Jensen> — compare alienate, devise, donate, give, grant, sell


\kən-ˌvā-ˈē\ noun


\kən-ˈvā-ər\ noun

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