carry

verb
car·​ry | \ ˈker-ē How to pronounce carry (audio) , ˈka-rē\
carried; carrying; carries

Definition of carry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.
8a : 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
9a : 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
14a : 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
17a : 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.
19a : 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
2a : 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.
6 informal : to have a gun on one's person : to carry a gun I did make one adjustment in the aftermath of Ned's attack. I hauled my H&K [handgun] and holster out of the trunk at the foot of my bed. If Ned was declaring war, I'd be carrying.— Sue Grafton
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.

carry

noun
plural carries

Definition of carry (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : carrying power especially : the range of a gun or projectile or of a struck or thrown ball
2a : 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

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Synonyms for carry

Synonyms: Verb

bear, cart, convey, ferry, haul, lug, pack, tote, transport

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Examples of carry in a Sentence

Verb

I'll carry your luggage to your room. He was carrying his baby daughter in his arms. For two months, I carried the book around with me everywhere I went. The waitress carried away our empty dinner plates. The wind carried the smoke away from the campsite. These planes can carry up to 300 passengers. a ship carrying thousands of gallons of oil Oil is carried to the factory through these pipes. We installed gutters that will carry water away from the house. blood vessels that carry blood to the heart

Noun

He averaged four yards per carry this season.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

New York is now one of a handful of states that ban paid gestational surrogacy, meaning prospective parents must travel to other states to hire or compensate a surrogate for carrying their child. Chris Carola, The Seattle Times, "Manhattan tolls, plastic bag ban poised for approval in NY," 30 Mar. 2019 There was the Orion Crew Expedition Vehicle, a capsule for carrying astronauts to orbit. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Not Going Back to the Moon: A Brief Timeline," 27 Mar. 2019 These positive changes are happening the same year that Obamacare’s individual mandate — the penalties for not carrying health coverage — is going away. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Obamacare is having a surprisingly good year," 26 Nov. 2018 For carrying my books, magazines and laptop, this InCase backpack just had its five-year anniversary of not letting me down. Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Wear On a Flight, According to Our Editors," 19 Oct. 2018 Some pushed toddlers in strollers or carried them on their shoulders. Fox News, "Honduran migrant caravan crosses Guatemala border, US-bound," 15 Oct. 2018 In 1973 alone, mass transit carried 7 percent more riders than the year before. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Public transit’s missed opportunity," 20 Nov. 2018 Palm Sunday marks the beginning of celebrations, and the faithful mark the occasion by wearing long robes and participating in candle-carrying processions. Marie Milano, Country Living, "When Is Palm Sunday, and Why Does the Date Always Change?," 8 Mar. 2019 The European Commission in February 2018 fined several car-carrying shipping companies and automotive parts suppliers a total of more than $600 million for anticompetitive behavior. Costas Paris, WSJ, "U.S. Drops Container Shipping Cartel Investigation Without Charges," 26 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Carson did so on 247 carries, which was the seventh most in the NFL last season. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks mailbag: Is Seattle scouting the Alliance of American Football?," 12 Feb. 2019 In the prior two seasons, Peterson was one of the worst runners in football, gaining just 601 yards on 193 carries, a paltry 3.1 yards per tote—55th out of 57 backs with at least 150 rushes in the period,... Michael Salfino, WSJ, "Adrian Peterson Has a Little Run Left," 10 Sep. 2018 But against Auburn in the national title game, the Ducks could muster only 75 yards on 32 carries in a 22–19 loss, thanks in large part to the disruptive presence of Fairley in the middle of the Tigers’ line. Ben Ladner, SI.com, "The 10 Best National Championship Game Performances of the BCS Era," 13 July 2018 Given the Magnolia empire's thousands of weekly attendees, the coffee shop will cater to passersby with a carry-out window and both indoor and outdoor seating. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Chip and Joanna Gaines Are Opening a Coffee Shop So Plan Your Trip to Waco Now," 20 Feb. 2019 But more telling is that Carson, who missed two games due to injury, was third in the NFL in carries per game at 17.6 — the only two who got more carries per game were Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott at 20.2 and the Los Angeles Rams’ Todd Gurley at 18.2. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks mailbag: Is Seattle scouting the Alliance of American Football?," 12 Feb. 2019 Stuff your carry-on with all the flowy essentials (the brand LoveShackFancy was my inspiration). Jessi Walker, Marie Claire, "Weekend Travel Guide to Saint Lucia," 11 June 2018 Is there not enough room for carry-ons on every flight? Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Why airlines make you check your carry-on bags," 20 Dec. 2018 RAVpower’s Turbo Series 20100mAh battery pack stores a ton of power in a size that won’t take up too much room in your carry-on bag. Chris Welch, The Verge, "The best battery packs for carrying everywhere and charging everything," 17 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of carry

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for carry

Verb

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

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carry

verb

English Language Learners Definition of carry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of carry (Entry 2 of 2)

American football : the act of running with the ball

carry

verb
car·​ry | \ ˈker-ē How to pronounce carry (audio) \
carried; carrying

Kids Definition of carry

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 : support entry 1 sense 1, bear The building has pillars that carry an arch.
8 : win entry 1 sense 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 sense 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
car·​ry | \ ˈkar-ē How to pronounce carry (audio) \
carried; carrying

Medical Definition of carry

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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