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

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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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Members will carpool and depart from the Berea Historical Society and Mahler Museum, 118 East Bridge St. at 11 a.m. Sunday. Rich Heileman, cleveland, 12 June 2021 Memorial Day Weekend was fast approaching, but the crew of six, including Eric, continued to carpool from Bismarck to the site in Dickinson. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, 30 May 2021 For instance, with fewer people expected to carpool or take public transit, Tahoe's narrow roadways could become overwhelmed. Gregory Thomas,, 26 Jan. 2021 When his wife needed the car to drop their daughter at school, he was forced to carpool into work. Elliot Ackerman, Wired, 16 Feb. 2021 Parking Ski lots often fill up on popular weekends when the snow is great, and this year could be particularly challenging for drivers given that fewer skiers are likely to carpool to the mountains. Gregory Thomas,, 15 Jan. 2021 The cameras, to be placed throughout the three corridors, will identify cars traveling with an E-ZPass Flex set to carpool and verify that there are at least three people aboard. Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2020 Moll’s football journey started at a young age and Perez was able to facilitate a lot of his opportunities in helping carpool her son, his friends and other youth to a local community league in Key Biscayne. Evan Dudley, al, 9 Nov. 2020 Other recommendations to beach managers include: limit the occupancy of small spaces, encourage the use of masks or face coverings when not in the water, carpool only with people in their household, and maintain good hygiene etiquette. Gisela Crespo, CNN, 18 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Uber and Lyft started in the early 2010s with just a handful of drivers, resembling car pool services more than professional fleets. Kate Conger, New York Times, 4 Nov. 2020 That’s the warning the Rhode Island Department of Health is sounding after tracing a spate of new infections to car pool clusters. NBC News, 13 Oct. 2020 Players are not allowed to car pool with each other and steam rooms and hot tubs at the facility will be closed. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, 7 July 2020 That struggle features in the novel, as do kidnapping, hibernation, car pools, boxing and an underwater go-go dancer. Karl Vick, Time, 9 Mar. 2020 While Easterling was wondering where his car pool buddy had gone, Fernald employee David Allen had arrived for his morning shift in Plant 6., 17 Mar. 2020 For just a $15 flat-rate fee, arriving passengers can take a car pool ride to any destination in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Queens. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Nov. 2019 Staff also are looking at subsidized transit passes, car pool programs and other options. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, 19 Oct. 2019 The company now provides car pool rides to residents in place of a bus system. Kate Conger, New York Times, 7 Aug. 2019

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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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23 Jun 2021

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“Carpool.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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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