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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from carpool


carpooler noun

Examples of carpool in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The work typically doesn’t pay much, and workers may carpool to save money and live in cramped quarters, which can increase the spread of disease into the community. al, "Alabama chicken plants scramble to slow outbreaks of coronavirus," 25 Apr. 2020 Carolynn Comstock and her husband, Jim Owen, carpooled to the March 10 practice from the nearby city of Anacortes with their friends Ruth and Mark Backlund. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, "A Washington state choir decided to go ahead with rehearsal. Now dozens of members have COVID-19 and two are dead.," 31 Mar. 2020 That wouldn’t have been a problem, but Easterling carpooled to work and his co-rider was late., "Death, lies and uranium: How an Ohio man’s mysterious disappearance in 1984 still haunts family, friends," 17 Mar. 2020 After school, the players would carpool or hop on the bus for the 20-minute ride west across the Schuylkill River. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski always stood out during his days in Philadelphia, even when he wasn’t trying to stand out," 29 Jan. 2020 Parking at the coliseum costs $10 per vehicle; carpooling is suggested. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Bernie Sanders to bring presidential campaign to Phoenix," 2 Mar. 2020 The morning of the pen test, the Strands and some colleagues carpooled to a cafe near the prison. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "How a Hacker's Mom Broke Into a Prison—and the Warden's Computer," 26 Feb. 2020 The truth is, at this point, small, individual actions — like carpooling and not using plastic straws — are not going to be enough to put us on the track to climate recovery. Erin Coulehan, Teen Vogue, "Political Activists Share Their New Year's Resolutions for 2020," 30 Dec. 2019 Taya has a sweet personality and is my Washington carpooling buddy. oregonlive, "Mikayla Pivec’s Oregon State women’s basketball diary: Thanksgiving on the road, extreme couponing habits, what her Beaver teammates are like," 16 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'carpool.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of carpool


1962, in the meaning defined above


1942, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about carpool

Time Traveler for carpool

Time Traveler

The first known use of carpool was in 1942

See more words from the same year

Statistics for carpool

Last Updated

13 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Carpool.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for carpool

car pool


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

More from Merriam-Webster on carpool

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with carpool

Comments on carpool

What made you want to look up carpool? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Obscure Shapes

  • a pile of three dimensional shapes in green
  • Something that is ooid is shaped like:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!