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 For instance, with fewer people expected to carpool or take public transit, Tahoe's narrow roadways could become overwhelmed. Gregory Thomas,, "Tahoe is about to get buried in snow, prompting ski resorts to prepare for more visitors," 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, "2034, Part IV: The Spratly Islands Ambush," 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,, "How to plan a safe and successful ski trip to Tahoe during the pandemic," 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, "HOV cameras are being deployed to catch toll cheaters on 95, 395 and 495 Express Lanes," 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, "‘A different way’: How Kris Moll became a consistent force for UAB," 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, "CDC issues recommendations to help protect beachgoers from Covid-19 spread," 18 June 2020 With its app linking car owners and riders heading in the same direction, Europe’s biggest carpooling company boasts about 89 million subscribers in 22 countries. Helene Fouquet,, "‘Tinder of Transport’ BlablaCar Asks Investors to Join Ride," 7 May 2020 In the small town of Jonesborough, Tenn., nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, the Parent Teacher Association group text chat normally lights up with news of school dances and carpooling schedules. Elaina Plott,, "Trump supporters turn to him for information amid coronavirus," 14 Mar. 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, "Uber and Lyft Drivers in California Will Remain Contractors," 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, "Rhode Island warns of Covid-19 'car pool clusters' as more commuters head back to the office," 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, "NHL announces start dates for qualifying round, training camp along with protocols for each," 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, "'I Have a Concern About Shutting Down Imagination.' Louise Erdrich on the Battle Over Fiction and Identity," 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., "Death, lies and uranium: How an Ohio man’s mysterious disappearance in 1984 still haunts family, friends," 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, "LaGuardia Airport Now Has $15 Flat-Rate Rides to Manhattan and Brooklyn," 15 Nov. 2019 Staff also are looking at subsidized transit passes, car pool programs and other options. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "Downtown parking paradox: Denver wants fewer new spots, but they just keep coming," 19 Oct. 2019 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

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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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19 Mar 2021

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“Carpool.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 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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