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 Compounding the ongoing offensive issues, the Brewers once again lost Ryan Braun, who exited in the fifth inning with a mid-back issue that actually was a carryover from the season finale Sunday in St. Louis. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Haudricourt: Brewers' lack of offense remained a constant theme in painful opening loss to Dodgers," 1 Oct. 2020 While unemployment is correlated with employee compensation, there is no long-term carryover to general prices. Douglas Carr, National Review, "The Fed’s New Framework Can’t Solve Its Old Problem," 14 Sep. 2020 That’s not only a reference to the new players but the carryover players buying into the coaching staff’s use of advanced analytics and technology. John Shea,, "Playoffs within reach for Giants, Kapler optimistic about final 22 games.," 3 Sep. 2020 The only carryover parts from the Continental are the windshield and the door handles, which incorporate the keyless entry system. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "2021 Bentley Mulliner Bacalar Concept Brings Open-Top Exclusivity," 7 Aug. 2020 The difference between the revenues and expenses were covered by carryover funds that are quickly depleting. Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, "West Chester police and fire levies on November ballot," 29 July 2020 The differences in both budgets are made up by carryover balances., "West Chester Township eyes police and fire levies on November ballot," 15 June 2020 Plus, the idea of punishing children is a carryover from generation upon generation before us. The Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax Live: 'Stay patient, stay weird, stay safe'," 6 May 2020 The butter will keep browning in the carryover heat of the pan. Los Angeles Times, "Brown butter works magic on this easy mac and cheese," 21 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Stepp was the most effective running back on USC’s offense last season, averaging 6.4 yards per carry over six games before inuring his ankle. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "Trojans adjusting to logistics of training camp during a pandemic," 12 Oct. 2020 Brooks entered with one carry over the first three games and had no idea what to expect against unbeaten Lake Orion. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Clarkston football had rare bad season in 2019. Now they're a 4-0 juggernaut," 11 Oct. 2020 Will Arkansas' momentum carry over from last week’s huge win over Mississippi State? Ben Flanagan |, al, "Auburn fan guide for 2020 home game against Arkansas," 9 Oct. 2020 For decades, the team hasn’t managed to carry over the same full-season two-driver tandem, often needing to cycle drivers through the seats. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: A look at where each IndyCar team stands entering Silly Season," 6 Oct. 2020 Expect that attention to carry over to Palette’s two picnic-friendly options perfect for a one-block stroll to Yerba Buena Gardens. Janelle Bitker,, "11 San Francisco and Bay Area restaurants offering prime picnic options," 3 Sep. 2020 Yet, while the company may be trying to save money, don’t expect that to carry over to customers. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "iPhone 12 update: Release date, Pro Max price and potential design," 2 Sep. 2020 There's no word on how much of this will carry over to the production vehicle, however. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Polestar Precept Concept, a Stunning Electric Sedan, Will Go into Production," 26 Sep. 2020 One loss might have turned into two South Alabama blew an 18-point third-quarter lead to Tulane on Sept. 12 before losing 27-24, a malaise that appeared to carry over vs. UAB. Creg Stephenson |, al, "5 things we learned from South Alabama’s 42-10 loss to UAB," 25 Sep. 2020

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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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“Carryover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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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