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


superstitions that are carryovers from ancient times

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Jon [Gruden, the Raiders coach] does the West Coast offense, which there’s very little carryover from their system to our system., "Josh Gordon," 15 Sep. 2019 Thanks to Jerkens’ composition of the daily cards, Del Mar has a Pick Six jackpot carryover of $128,992 heading into Wednesday’s card. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Familiar jockey battle brewing at Del Mar," 23 July 2019 That’s an oversimplification, of course, as Walsh is the only person to blame, and his struggles should have no carryover effect on the next guy. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "For years, the Vikings have botched their kicking situation. Now, they’re trying to fix it.," 13 Sep. 2019 The $265 million general fund plan anticipates an increase of about $18 million in spending, offset by a $9 million increase in tax revenue and an $8.3 million carryover of surplus reserve funds. al, "Mobile Council takes first look at proposed 2020 budget," 27 Aug. 2019 Urban Taqueria just opened six weeks ago, but the menu is actually a carryover from Mohamed's old restaurant, Crazy Lizard Taqueria, a breakfast-lunch joint. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "A New Mexico restaurant sells tacos and burritos with names like 'The Wall' and 'Lock Her Up'. It's run by an immigrant," 5 Sep. 2019 There is some carryover for Tunsil from the Dolphins' system, but the terminology is different. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "New Texans tackle Laremy Tunsil taking crash course on playbook," 4 Sep. 2019 But 7-on-7 is a lot different than 11-on-11, so the carryover is still to be determined. Terrence Thomas,, "What are the six biggest stories going into high school football season?," 22 Aug. 2019 The 2016 carryover into last year's budget also blossomed into $3.8 million. Thomas Jewell,, "Cleveland Heights closes out year with $1.7M more in revenue than '16," 24 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This minimalistic look carries over to other activities as well, like tracking exercise when using the always-on display mode. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Fitbit Versa 2 review: A solid replacement, but not totally remade," 9 Sep. 2019 Williams's momentum carried over to a dominant second set from the six-time U.S. Open champion, who won the match in just 44 minutes. Alaa Abdeldaiem,, "Serena Williams Advances to U.S. Open Semifinal With Win Against Wang Qiang," 3 Sep. 2019 That connection carried over at a game on Sunday, when Joseph's mother, Colleen, captured a moment with the two bumping elbows and smiling. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "One-armed soccer player inspires one-armed 2-year-old, and vice versa," 23 July 2019 The argument carried over to a home on County Road 160 in Bremen. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "Woman Accidentally Shoots Husband in Head During Road Rage Incident, Police Say," 8 July 2019 The dispute carried over to a home on County Road 160 in Bremen. Carol Robinson |,, "Woman shoots husband while trying to shoot someone else in road rage incident, sheriff says," 7 July 2019 Until recently, the security fund regularly carried over unused money from year to year. Peter Jamison, Washington Post, "Norton seeks $6 million more from federal government for D.C. security costs," 18 June 2019 The 228-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine carries over from last year. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The 2020 BMW X1 Gets a Bigger Grille and a Bigger Screen," 29 May 2019 That doesn’t mean the projects actually get done; in fact, projects typically are carried over from one cycle to the next. Shirley Leung,, "Is Baker’s $18 billion bond bill a game changer for commuters?," 30 July 2019

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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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