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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Other Words from carryout


carryout adjective

Examples of carryout in a Sentence

Noun She works in a Chinese carryout. Verb carried out the task efficiently and cheerfully
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Currently open for curbside pickup, carryout and delivery. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Oak Park cafe brings multiple small food businesses together under one roof," 19 Dec. 2020 But once the weather turns, Lucks said, the business will have to rely on carryout. Agya K. Aning, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bay View's Honeypie, other independent restaurants want customers to help lobby for aid from Congress," 5 Aug. 2020 With outdoor dining once again suspended, Kim rolls out a long menu for carryout: cooked, marinated galbi; short rib soup, with or without rice cakes; scarlet stews; and comforting japchae entangling beef and vegetables. Los Angeles Times, "Where to order takeout and delivery in Koreatown," 13 Dec. 2020 Vision Lanes is still open for carryout food from its restaurant All-Star Grille and Music Bar. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Michigan bowling alley owner posts obituary for 'dying' business closed during pandemic," 16 Dec. 2020 Some restaurateurs flanked Scott outside City Hall to urge residents to support Baltimore restaurants by ordering carryout and buying gift cards to be spent after the threat of the coronavirus abates. Alex Mann,, "Restaurateurs gather to urge Baltimore Mayor Scott to roll back dining restrictions; others accept that they’ll have to adapt," 14 Dec. 2020 The company is also testing digital orders for quesadillas in Cleveland and Indianapolis after introducing them as a dine-in and carryout option in New York City in 2018. Chauncey Alcorn, CNN, "Chipotle adds smoked brisket to its menu for a limited time," 30 Nov. 2020 To adapt, Cucina started offering four-course carryout date-night dinners, which have been popular, and the restaurant switches to fine dining every evening, England said. Becky Jacobs, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Thanksgiving meal helps Salt Lake City restaurant serve community, bring in business during COVID-19 pandemic," 26 Nov. 2020 Another couple canceled their dinner reservations in an outdoor tent in favor of a carryout meal. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, "1st Pfizer vaccine shipment expected in mid-December," 25 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of carryout was in 1589

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19 Jan 2021

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“Carryout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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