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carry

verb car·ry \ ˈka-rē , ˈker-ē \
Updated on: 17 Dec 2017

Definition of carry

carried; carrying
transitive verb
1 : to move while supporting : transport
  • her legs refused to carry her further
  • —Ellen Glasgow
2 : to convey by direct communication
  • carry tales about a friend
3 chiefly dialectal : conduct, escort
4 : to influence by mental or emotional appeal : sway
  • She intended the play to carry audiences toward a sense of peace and understanding.
5 : to get possession or control of : capture
  • carried off the prize
6 : to transfer from one place (such as a column) to another
  • carry a number in adding
7 : to contain and direct the course of
  • The drain carries sewage.
  • Cables carry electricity to homes.
8 a : to wear or have on one's person
  • Police officers carry guns.
b : to bear upon or within one
  • is carrying an unborn child
c : to harbor (a pathogen) within the body
  • carry a virus
d : to possess a specified gene; specifically : to possess one copy of a specified recessive gene and be capable of transmitting it to offspring
  • parents carrying genes for cystic fibrosis
9 a : to have or bear especially as a mark, attribute, or property
  • carry a scar
b : imply, involve
  • The crime carried a heavy penalty.
10 : to hold or comport (oneself, one's person, etc.) in a specified manner
  • always carries herself with dignity and grace
11 : to sustain the weight or burden of
  • Pillars carry an arch.
  • is carrying a full course load
12 : to bear as a crop
13 : to sing with reasonable correctness of pitch
  • carry a tune
14 a : to keep in stock for sale
  • The store carries a good selection of wines.
b : to provide sustenance for
  • land carrying 10 head of cattle
c : to have or maintain on a list or record
  • carry a person on a payroll
  • carried six guards on the team
15 : to be chiefly or solely responsible for the success, effectiveness, or continuation of
  • a player capable of carrying a team
  • Her performance carried the play.
16 : to prolong or maintain in space, time, or degree
  • carry a principle too far
  • carry the wall above the eaves
  • carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning
17 a : to gain victory for; especially : to secure the adoption or passage of
  • The bill was carried in the Senate by a vote of 75–25.
b : to win a majority or plurality of votes in (something, such as a legislative body or a state)
  • The bill carried the Senate by a vote of 75–25.
18 : to present for public use or consumption
  • Newspapers carry weather reports.
  • Channel nine will carry the game.
19 a : to bear the charges of holding or having (stocks, merchandise, etc.) from one time to another
b : to keep on one's books as a debtor
  • A merchant carries a customer.
20 : to hold to and follow after
  • The dog could not carry the scent.
21 : to hoist and maintain (a sail) in use
22 : to pass over (something, such as a hazard) at a single stroke in golf
  • carry a bunker
23 : to propel and control (a puck or ball) along a playing surface
intransitive verb
1 : to act as a bearer
2 a : to reach or penetrate to a distance
  • Voices carry well.
  • Fly balls don't carry well in cold air.
b : to convey itself to a reader or audience
3 : to undergo or admit of carriage in a specified way
  • a load that carries easily
4 of a hunting dog : to keep and follow the scent
5 : to win adoption
  • The motion carried by a vote of 71–25.
carry a torch or carry the torch
1 : crusade
2 : to be in love especially without reciprocation : cherish a longing or devotion
  • still carrying a torch for a former lover
carry the ball
: to perform or assume the chief role : bear the major portion of work or responsibility
  • No one else is available to make the arrangements, so it's up to you to carry the ball.
carry the day
: win, prevail
  • Truth and justice will carry the day.

Examples of carry in a Sentence

  1. I'll carry your luggage to your room.

  2. He was carrying his baby daughter in his arms.

  3. For two months, I carried the book around with me everywhere I went.

  4. The waitress carried away our empty dinner plates.

  5. The wind carried the smoke away from the campsite.

  6. These planes can carry up to 300 passengers.

  7. a ship carrying thousands of gallons of oil

  8. Oil is carried to the factory through these pipes.

  9. We installed gutters that will carry water away from the house.

  10. blood vessels that carry blood to the heart

Recent Examples of carry from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of carry

Middle English carien, from Anglo-French carier to transport, from carre vehicle, from Latin carrus — more at car

carry Synonyms


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carry

noun

Definition of carry

plural carries
1 : carrying power; especially : the range of a gun or projectile or of a struck or thrown ball
2 a : portage
b : the act or method of carrying
  • fireman's carry
c : the act of rushing with the ball in football
  • averaged four yards per carry
3 : the position assumed by a color-bearer with the flag or guidon held in position for marching
4 : a quantity that is transferred in addition from one number place to the adjacent one of higher place value

Examples of carry in a Sentence

  1. He averaged four yards per carry this season.

Recent Examples of carry from the Web

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First Known Use of carry

1858


CARRY Defined for English Language Learners

carry

verb

Definition of carry for English Language Learners

  • : to move (something) while holding and supporting it

  • : to contain and direct the flow of (water, electricity, etc.)

  • : to have (something) with you or on your body


carry

noun

Definition of carry for English Language Learners

  • American football : the act of running with the ball


CARRY Defined for Kids

carry

verb car·ry \ ˈker-ē \

Definition of carry for Students

carried; carrying
1 : to take or transfer from one place to another
  • Can you carry a package?
  • You might need to carry a number in addition.
2 : to contain and direct the course of
  • The pipe is carrying water to the sea.
3 : to wear or have on or within the body
  • carry money
  • She is carrying an unborn child.
4 : to have as an element, quality, or part
  • Does the camera carry a guarantee?
5 : to have for sale
  • The market carries fresh fish.
6 : to go over or travel a distance
  • His voice carried across the river.
7 : 1support 1, bear
  • The building has pillars that carry an arch.
8 : 1win 3
  • He will carry the election.
9 : to hold or bear the body or some part of it
  • Carry your head high.
10 : to sing in correct pitch
  • Can you carry a tune?
11 : to present to the public
  • The story was carried on the evening news.
  • The paper carries weather reports.
carry away
: to cause strong feeling in
  • The music carried her away.
carry on
1 : to behave in an improper or excited manner
  • Ramona cried and carried on so … that they sent her home.
  • —Barbara Robinson, Best Christmas Pageant
2 : manage 1
  • They carry on a business.
3 : to continue in spite of difficulties
  • The scientists carried on even without their equipment.
carry out
: to put into action or effect

Medical Dictionary

carry

transitive verb car·ry \ ˈkar-ē \

medical Definition of carry

carried; carrying
1 : to harbor (a pathogen) within the body
  • many are unaware they carry the virus and could be infecting others
  • —Donald MacGillis
2 : to possess a specified gene
  • women who carry genes that increase the risk of breast cancer
  • —Liz Szabo
; specifically : to possess one copy of a specified recessive gene and be capable of transmitting it to offspring
  • screening tests to see whether parents carry genes for cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs disease or other defects
  • —Lisa Greene


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