car·​pool | \ ˈkär-ˌpül How to pronounce carpool (audio) \
carpooled; carpooling; carpools

Definition of carpool

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to participate in a car pool

car pool


Definition of car pool (Entry 2 of 2)

: an arrangement in which a group of people commute together by car also : the group entering into such an arrangement

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Other Words from carpool


carpooler noun

Examples of carpool in a Sentence

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Others carpooled from as far as Danbury and Lebanon. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Despite existing for under a year, Hartford Athletic fans have proved to show diehard support for their team," 16 Aug. 2019 The two men in the Toyota — Abel Ramirez, 33, and Gregorio Flores Mendez, 31 — were carpooling to work on a nearby farm. Los Angeles Times, "Column One: He’d been kept alive with tubes for nearly 17 years. Who is he, and is it possible he’s conscious?," 1 Aug. 2019 The two carpooled from the North Shore to Elkay in Oak Brook. Graydon Megan,, "Fred Steingraber, spearheaded global growth at A.T. Kearney, dies," 17 July 2019 Caltrans estimates carpool cheaters can make up as much as 39 percent of the cars in a diamond lane during peak commute hours, although the rate fluctuates widely depending on the time and location of the count. Erin Baldassari, The Mercury News, "How to catch carpool cheats: Behind the search to find a better way," 28 July 2019 People evacuating could carpool, which would reduce some congestion on Highway 87 as thick smoke sets in, or find refuge at the elementary school next to senior center, where Chief Morris said a truck would be stationed to put out spot fires., "At the base of a canyon, every fire season can be a gamble," 23 July 2019 The company gives workers a small pay bump for carpooling with colleagues to work. High School Journalism Institute,, "Oregon shoe companies big and small step up green initiatives," 19 July 2019 No matter your profession, just keep your eyes on the road and ... maybe don't carpool with a journalist. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Report: Journalists among America's worst drivers (well, crap)," 12 July 2019 Find an alternative to driving alone, such as taking transit, carpooling or teleworking to help reduce air pollution. Rick Hurd, The Mercury News, "As temperatures rise, wild fire scorches 25 acres near Highway 4 in Concord," 10 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Participants will meet at the Visitor Center, 1215 North State Road 49, Porter, then car pool to the bog. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 12 July 2018 Of those, about 45 percent received an additional Staten Island resident discount, paying $5.50, or $3.20 for car pools. Winnie Hu, New York Times, "‘Outrageous’ $17 Toll to Cross the Verrazano Vexes Drivers," 19 Apr. 2018 The monthly birding series, led by Indiana Audubon Society Executive Director Brad Bumgardner, will meet from 8-10 a.m. Saturday at the Visitor Center, 1215 N. State Road 49, Chesterton, then car pool to the birding spot of the month. Chicago Tribune,, "Community news," 21 Mar. 2018 If it was shot between 2 and 3 p.m., people are lining up for car pool for their kids. Michelle Hunter,, "River Ridge veterinarian didn't shoot dog; arrest ruined her life, attorney says," 22 Dec. 2017 Meet at the Visitor Center, 1215 North State Road 49, Chesterton, and car pool to the birding spot of the month. Post-Tribune, "Community news," 19 Dec. 2017 Didi runs car pools, minibuses and buses in addition to taxis and luxury cars. The Economist, "China’s audacious and inventive new generation of entrepreneurs," 23 Sep. 2017 This fall, listen to Tory's playlist during a morning walk to work, at an autumn dinner party or on the road to school (for the coolest car pool ever). Micaela English, Town & Country, "Tory Burch's Fall Playlist," 3 Sep. 2013

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First Known Use of carpool


1962, in the meaning defined above


1942, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of carpool was in 1942

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Kids Definition of car pool

: an arrangement by a group of automobile owners in which each takes turns driving his or her own car and giving the others a ride

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