car·​rot | \ˈker-ət, ˈka-rət\

Definition of carrot 

1 : a biennial herb (Daucus carota of the family Umbelliferae, the carrot family) with a usually orange spindle-shaped edible root also : its root

2 : a reward or advantage offered especially as an inducement The company offered a carrot in the form of additional vacation time to workers who met their deadlines.

Examples of carrot in a Sentence

She chopped some carrots for the soup. He added some grated carrot to the soup. The company offered a carrot in the form of additional vacation time to workers who met their deadlines.
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Turn off heat and add ham hock, with its fattiest side up, to the pot, then surround it with the carrots and onion. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "Taking stock: The story of an accidental, excellent post-Thanksgiving recipe," 14 Nov. 2018 Strategically, offering the carrot of zero tariffs will allow America to seize the moral high ground in the trade debate. WSJ, "Mr. President, It’s Time for Zero Tariffs," 17 Oct. 2018 Pack jars with carrots, leaving 1 inch of space at top of each. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Quick Pickled Carrots," 27 July 2018 Wild Zora This company started with meat and veggie bars but recently acquired the Paleo Meals to Go brand, which makes things like Mountain Beef Stew with carrots, mushrooms, and celery, and Canyon Chicken Curry with sweet potatoes and cauliflower. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "This Is the Golden Age of Backpacking Food," 27 June 2018 Here are three variations, two combining the lentils with sweet potato and one combining them with carrots. Adam Ried,, "Recipes: Three summer dips featuring red lentils," 22 June 2018 And in other cases when a deal isn’t struck, teams will use the carrot of waiving them as a lever to get the player back in the fold. Albert Breer,, "For Andrew Luck, It All Re-Starts Here," 18 June 2018 Faced with that, America’s Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, decided in 2013 to launch a challenge to build a MANET with more than 50 nodes, with the carrot of a juicy contract for the winner. The Economist, "A new type of battlefield network is in development," 14 June 2018 Scatter rice with carrots, pistachios, almonds, pomegranate and herbs. Alison Roman, The Cut, "Forget Engagement Chicken. Meet Breakup Steak.," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of carrot

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for carrot

Middle French carotte, from Late Latin carota, from Greek karōton

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English Language Learners Definition of carrot

: the long orange root of a plant that is eaten as a vegetable

: something that is offered as a reward or advantage to persuade a person to do something


car·​rot | \ˈker-ət \

Kids Definition of carrot

: a long orange root of a garden plant that is eaten as a vegetable


car·​rot | \ˈkar-ət \

Medical Definition of carrot 

: a biennial plant of the genus Daucus (D. carota) that bears seeds which have been used especially as a diuretic and stimulant and that in cultivated varieties has a yellow or orange-red tapering root which is used as a vegetable also : its root

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