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car·​ry·​out ˈker-ē-ˌau̇t How to pronounce carryout (audio)
carryout adjective

carry out

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carried out; carrying out; carries out

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

Noun She works in a Chinese carryout. Verb carried out the task efficiently and cheerfully
Recent Examples on the Web
The closest Little Ceasars location to Frankfort has been a carryout restaurant at 160th Street and Harlem Avenue in Tinley Park. Bob Bong, Chicago Tribune, 7 Mar. 2023 On Tuesday, City Council members approved an additional ordinance that aims to promote the use of reusable bags and regulate the use of plastic and paper single-use carryout bags at apparel stores, farmers markets, food or beverage facilities, hardware stores and open air markets, officials said. Gregory Yeestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2022 Two weeks later, on Dec. 29, Leonard, 24, ended his shift at 9:30 p.m. and left the restaurant with a carryout dinner. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2023 The Clarkston location is Buddy's fourth carryout restaurant. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 16 Apr. 2022 The free snackers are offered for dine-in, delivery or carryout. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 8 Mar. 2023 Three new Spicy Lover's Pizzas – Spicy Double Pepperoni, Spicy Hawaiian Chicken, and Spicy Veggie – are available now for a limited time at participating Pizza Hut locations for delivery, curbside pickup and carryout. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 29 Jan. 2022 Restaurants are offering delivery, carryout, and indoor dining. 2. Corinne Sullivan And Maggie Panos, Woman's Day, 21 Feb. 2023 Dine-in, carryout, and curbside pickup. Moby Dick, The Courier-Journal, 20 Feb. 2023
Although there are many legitimate charities and nonprofits, there are also scammers who end up undermining and endangering the real work these organizations carry out. Stephanie Dillon, Rolling Stone, 12 Apr. 2023 Dine in or carry out. The Courier-Journal, 5 Apr. 2023 Ethnic tensions endure, while, decades later, no clear national consensus exists on the horrors of the war and the war crimes carried out by ethnic Serb militias. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2023 The Arizona Republic/ has pulled together a database of restaurant inspections carried out by the Maricopa County Environmental Services Department since 2021. Kunle Falayi, The Arizona Republic, 10 Apr. 2023 For much of the war, these jets and ground attack aircraft like the Su-25 have concentrated on sorties along the front lines, lobbing rockets at Ukrainian positions, as well as long-range missile attacks carried out from Russian or Belarusian territory. Thomas Gibbons-neff, New York Times, 9 Apr. 2023 Burkina Faso is one of the world’s poorest counties and has become the epicenter of violence carried out by Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda and the Islamic State. Maija Ehlinger, CNN, 9 Apr. 2023 The work is one of a dozen artifacts repatriated to Turkey last month following investigations carried out by the Manhattan district attorney’s office. Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Apr. 2023 The abuse victimized at least 600 children carried out by more than 150 Catholic priests and clergy members. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1940, in the meaning defined above


1608, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of carryout was in 1608

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Cite this Entry

“Carryout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

carry out

: to put into action or effect
carry out a plan
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