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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The teams are associated with the Lavin Cassidy School of Irish Dance in Worth, and getting to and from practices by carpooling with other dance families has been part of the winning game plan. Barbara Dargis, Daily Southtown, "Southland students show off Irish steps, win top honors in Scotland," 11 May 2018 Drivers who carpool in zero-emission vehicles will remain exempt from the toll. Laura J. Nelson,, "Commuters who drive alone in zero-emission cars will no longer get free trips in L.A.'s toll lanes," 27 Apr. 2018 Alternative transportation refers to transportation other than driving in one’s car alone, including walking, bicycling, public transit, carpooling, and using ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft. John Laidler,, "Salem calls for alternative transportation brainstorm from residents," 2 July 2018 Volunteers are invited to meet at the Wright Woods parking lot near the intersection of St. Mary’s and Everett roads in Mettawa to walk or carpool to the work site. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Battling garlic mustard: Noxious weeds get pulled from Lake County forests by teams of volunteers," 8 June 2018 Her unbending support was always noticed at each and every activity of her five children logging innumerable miles carpooling in her station wagon., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/1," 1 July 2018 So the dads all carpooled with the daughters and had one heck of a great weekend bonding! Shelby Dermer,, "Sports parents give advice to others on how to budget time effectively," 20 June 2018 The three men still carpool to their Edgewater office every day. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "This Argentine family visited Miami in 2001 — and changed the city forever," 11 June 2018

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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