car·​ry·​out | \ ˈker-ē-ˌau̇t How to pronounce carryout (audio) , ˈka-rē-\

Definition of carryout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

carry out

carried out; carrying out; carries out

Definition of carry out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to bring to a successful issue : complete, accomplish carried out the assignment
2 : to put into execution carry out a plan
3 : to continue to an end or stopping point

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carryout adjective

Examples of carryout in a Sentence


She works in a Chinese carryout.


carried out the task efficiently and cheerfully

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Difference: Good for carryout and delivery, also an underrated gem. Noelle Zielinski,, "We ranked all the top food delivery apps in Cincinnati for you," 19 June 2019 Mary Catherine Curran blurted Tuesday as the knee-jerk lefty, while Cody Dove, as a neoconservative, claimed to find Hillary Clinton’s lost emails in his carryout box. Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, "Second City’s latest sketch comedy show takes on Trump, tourists and trolls," 26 June 2019 Single-use plastic includes products like plastic bags or carryout utensils from restaurants, made to be employed once and then thrown out or recycled. Jennifer Calfas, WSJ, "Plastic Bans: What You Need to Know," 22 June 2019 Grab any large two-topping pizza for carryout for only $5.99 through June 23. Hannah Chubb,, "Everywhere You Can Get Free Food and Deals for the First Day of Summer," 21 June 2019 An old woman in a head wrap sat in serene impatience on a crate in the shade of a Honda Civic, eating fried sweet potato and hot sauce out of a foam carryout container. Rowan Moore Gerety, Harper's magazine, "Downstream," 10 June 2019 Gwyneth Borden, executive director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, said restaurateurs have no desire to pass on toxins through carryout containers. Janie Har, The Seattle Times, "San Francisco to consider outlawing plastic straws, stirrers," 24 July 2018 From Attman’s perspective, interest in finding new ways to sip from carryout cups is peaking. Lorraine Mirabella,, "More eateries, businesses do away with plastic straws," 13 July 2018 On Tuesday, the board of supervisors in California’s second-largest city, San Francisco, gave unanimous approval to a measure banning plastic straws alongside carryout containers and wrappers treated with fluorinated chemicals. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "California city OKs jail time for defying plastic straw ban," 25 July 2018

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First Known Use of carryout


1964, in the meaning defined above


1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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