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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carpooler noun

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At about $20 a ride, HopSkipDrive is also more expensive than alternatives like Uber and Lyft, but also offers carpooling options that lower prices. Peter Holley, Washington Post, "Zūm, a ride-hailing company for kids, expands to six more U.S. cities, including Washington D.C.," 30 Aug. 2019 Residents were asked to consider driving less and to commute by carpooling, public transit, biking or walking. Rick Hurd, The Mercury News, "Spare the Air alert issued for Bay Area," 12 Aug. 2019 Although Metro has provided a shuttle service to ferry passengers from the six closed stations to other parts of the rail system, many commuters have turned to other options, including local bus services, carpooling and biking. Washington Post, "Metro stations shuttered in summerlong shutdown will reopen on time, officials say," 23 Aug. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The company now provides car pool rides to residents in place of a bus system. Kate Conger, New York Times, "Uber Wants to Sell You Train Tickets. And Be Your Bus Service, Too.," 7 Aug. 2019 This home is well located near casual car pool, AC Transit and freeway access. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Welcome to Piedmont," 9 Sep. 2019 Shell Ventures invested an undisclosed amount in Corvus Energy, an energy storage company and Total Ventures was part of a $60-million funding round for Scoop, which helps people form car pools. Anjli Raval, Los Angeles Times, "Big Oil venture funds target green investments," 2 Sep. 2019 This means that there are going to be long car pool lines that may extend into the road, more stopped school buses all over town. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Slow down: Tips for school zones in Houston-area, as teachers, parents, kids return to class," 12 Aug. 2019 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

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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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