car·​ry·​over | \ ˈker-ē-ˌō-vər How to pronounce carryover (audio) , ˈka-rē- \

Definition of carryover

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act or process of carrying over
2 : something retained or carried over superstitions that are carryovers from ancient times

carry over

carried over; carrying over; carries over

Definition of carry over (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to transfer (an amount) to the next column, page, or book relating to the same account
b : to hold over (something, such as goods) for another time or season
2 : to deduct (a loss or an unused credit) from taxable income of a later period

intransitive verb

: to persist from one stage or sphere of activity to another

Examples of carryover in a Sentence

Noun superstitions that are carryovers from ancient times
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Monday night was viewed as a carryover, so Bickerstaff unleashed. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 23 Nov. 2021 FSAs generally require funds to be used during the calendar year, though your company’s plan may have a carryover or grace period built in. Monica Jalife, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 Chauncey Billups said before the game there wasn't going to be any carryover from Phoenix' s 119-74 destruction of Portland to close out preseason play. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 25 Oct. 2021 In 2020, mill and overlay streets included Parkside Drive (a carryover from 2019), Aberdeen Avenue, Rexford Avenue, all three Knickerbocker roads and Kenilworth Road. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 1 Nov. 2021 If losses were incurred jointly by both parties, the carryover should be divided equally. Kimberly Nelson, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 The carryover is especially obvious with weapons like the Discos Locos, a CD-launching gun that is just the Saw Launcher from Far Cry New Dawn with a fresh coat of paint. Brittany Vincent, BGR, 6 Oct. 2021 Surface temperatures at sunrise were 2.4 degrees cooler, suggesting that the coating attenuated some of the carryover heat from day to day. Matt Simon, Wired, 11 Oct. 2021 That can happen in the preseason, when players from the bottom the previous year’s depth chart top the NFL highlights for a night and raise hopes for a carryover into the regular season. Mark Inabinett |, al, 19 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As a result, the union president said detectives are spread thin and detective squads sometimes carry over 100 cases at a time. Teny Sahakian, Fox News, 30 Oct. 2021 The 17th hole is a par-3 with a long carry over water. Matt Le Cren,, 29 Oct. 2021 Born in 1952 in Oklahoma City, Thompson starred at running back at Oklahoma State, averaging 5 yards a carry over two seasons (1973-74), with nine rushing touchdowns. Ryan Ford, USA TODAY, 19 Aug. 2021 Born in 1952 in Oklahoma City, Thompson starred at running back at Oklahoma State, averaging 5 yards a carry over two seasons (1973-74), with nine rushing touchdowns. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 19 Aug. 2021 Adele has focused on getting stronger—in the hopes that strength would carry over into her mental and emotional well-being. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 8 Oct. 2021 Ford hopes that familiarity will carry over into choosing a reliable, legacy automaker. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 26 Dec. 2020 That strategy is likely to carry over to Georgia as Stoops dropped the third wide receiver position from UK's depth chart in favor of listing tight ends, Justin Rigg and Brenden Bates, as starters. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 11 Oct. 2021 Brown barely snuck into the Round of 64, but prevailed over Merkulov, whose championship-record performance in stroke play on Sunday couldn’t carry over into match play., 28 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of carryover


1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1745, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of carryover

: something that existed in one time or place and continues in another


car·​ry·​over | \ ˈkar-ē-ˌō-vər How to pronounce carryover (audio) \

Legal Definition of carryover

: the portion of a deduction (as for a net operating loss) or credit which cannot be taken entirely in a given period and which may be deducted from taxable income of a later period — compare carryback


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