carry

verb
car·​ry | \ ˈker-ē How to pronounce carry (audio) , ˈka-rē\
carried; carrying; carries

Definition of carry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to move while supporting : transport her legs refused to carry her further— Ellen Glasgow
2 : to convey by direct communication carry tales about a friend
3 chiefly dialectal : conduct, escort
4 : to influence by mental or emotional appeal : sway She intended the play to carry audiences toward a sense of peace and understanding.
5 : to get possession or control of : capture carried off the prize
6 : to transfer from one place (such as a column) to another carry a number in adding
7 : to contain and direct the course of The drain carries sewage. Cables carry electricity to homes.
8a : to wear or have on one's person Police officers carry guns.
b : to bear upon or within one is carrying an unborn child
c : to harbor (a pathogen) within the body carry a virus
d : to possess a specified gene specifically : to possess one copy of a specified recessive gene and be capable of transmitting it to offspring parents carrying genes for cystic fibrosis
9a : to have or bear especially as a mark, attribute, or property carry a scar
b : imply, involve The crime carried a heavy penalty.
10 : to hold or comport (oneself, one's person, etc.) in a specified manner always carries herself with dignity and grace
11 : to sustain the weight or burden of Pillars carry an arch. is carrying a full course load
12 : to bear as a crop
13 : to sing with reasonable correctness of pitch carry a tune
14a : to keep in stock for sale The store carries a good selection of wines.
b : to provide sustenance for land carrying 10 head of cattle
c : to have or maintain on a list or record carry a person on a payroll carried six guards on the team
15 : to be chiefly or solely responsible for the success, effectiveness, or continuation of a player capable of carrying a team Her performance carried the play.
16 : to prolong or maintain in space, time, or degree carry a principle too far carry the wall above the eaves carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning
17a : to gain victory for especially : to secure the adoption or passage of The bill was carried in the Senate by a vote of 75–25.
b : to win a majority or plurality of votes in (something, such as a legislative body or a state) The bill carried the Senate by a vote of 75–25.
18 : to present for public use or consumption Newspapers carry weather reports. Channel nine will carry the game.
19a : to bear the charges of holding or having (stocks, merchandise, etc.) from one time to another
b : to keep on one's books as a debtor A merchant carries a customer.
20 : to hold to and follow after The dog could not carry the scent.
21 : to hoist and maintain (a sail) in use
22 : to pass over (something, such as a hazard) at a single stroke in golf carry a bunker
23 : to propel and control (a puck or ball) along a playing surface

intransitive verb

1 : to act as a bearer
2a : to reach or penetrate to a distance Voices carry well. Fly balls don't carry well in cold air.
b : to convey itself to a reader or audience
3 : to undergo or admit of carriage in a specified way a load that carries easily
4 of a hunting dog : to keep and follow the scent
5 : to win adoption The motion carried by a vote of 71–25.
6 informal : to have a gun on one's person : to carry a gun I did make one adjustment in the aftermath of Ned's attack. I hauled my H&K [handgun] and holster out of the trunk at the foot of my bed. If Ned was declaring war, I'd be carrying.— Sue Grafton
carry a torch or carry the torch
1 : crusade
2 : to be in love especially without reciprocation : cherish a longing or devotion still carrying a torch for a former lover
carry the ball
: to perform or assume the chief role : bear the major portion of work or responsibility No one else is available to make the arrangements, so it's up to you to carry the ball.
carry the day
: win, prevail Truth and justice will carry the day.

carry

noun
plural carries

Definition of carry (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : carrying power especially : the range of a gun or projectile or of a struck or thrown ball
2a : portage
b : the act or method of carrying fireman's carry
c : the act of rushing with the ball in football averaged four yards per carry
3 : the position assumed by a color-bearer with the flag or guidon held in position for marching
4 : a quantity that is transferred in addition from one number place to the adjacent one of higher place value

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Synonyms for carry

Synonyms: Verb

bear, cart, convey, ferry, haul, lug, pack, tote, transport

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Examples of carry in a Sentence

Verb

I'll carry your luggage to your room. He was carrying his baby daughter in his arms. For two months, I carried the book around with me everywhere I went. The waitress carried away our empty dinner plates. The wind carried the smoke away from the campsite. These planes can carry up to 300 passengers. a ship carrying thousands of gallons of oil Oil is carried to the factory through these pipes. We installed gutters that will carry water away from the house. blood vessels that carry blood to the heart

Noun

He averaged four yards per carry this season.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kawhi Leonard and the evolving Pascal Siakam could carry Toronto for stretches and take some of the stress out of Ibaka’s contributions. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 New York generated 470 yards of total offense against Dallas – including Barkley’s 11 carries for 120 yards. Chris Wassel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Buffalo Bills at New York Giants odds, picks and best bets," 10 Sep. 2019 The vessel is owned by Hyundai Glovis, which carries cars for automakers Hyundai, Kia and others. BostonGlobe.com, "Coast Guard drills into capsized ship to rescue more crew members - The Boston Globe," 10 Sep. 2019 The vessel is owned by Hyundai Glovis, which carries cars for automakers Hyundai and Kia as well as others. CBS News, "Overturned cargo ship's missing crew members are alive, Coast Guard says," 9 Sep. 2019 Newton carried three times against the Rams for a career-low minus-2 yards. Steve Reed, The Denver Post, "Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey could use some help on offense," 9 Sep. 2019 The vessel is owned by Hyundai Glovis, which carries cars for automakers Hyundai and Kia as well as others. Jeff Amy, Anchorage Daily News, "Coast Guard rescues all 4 crew members trapped in overturned cargo ship off Georgia," 9 Sep. 2019 The vessel is owned by Hyundai Glovis, which carries cars for automakers Hyundai and Kia as well as others. Time, "Coast Guard Finds 4 Crew Members Trapped Inside Capsized Cargo Ship in Georgia," 9 Sep. 2019 Smith obliged, caught the ball near the goal line and carried a couple Bruins with him over it for a 34-yard touchdown and a 17-7 lead. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs beat UCLA for the first time with 23-14 victory at the Rose Bowl," 7 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Lake Creek’s John Taylor helped get the hosts back on the board with six carries for 48 yards on the following drive. Justin Maskulinski, Houston Chronicle, "Lake Creek opens season with win over Caney Creek," 30 Aug. 2019 Pope netted 43 yards on three rushing attempts, getting 42 yards on one carry. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "State NFL Roundup: Safeties shine in preseason finale," 30 Aug. 2019 On the only carry of his career, Turner burst through the line for a 48-yard touchdown, finishing off a 49-7 win at Comiskey Park. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 7, Bulldog Turner," 29 Aug. 2019 The first-year coach said before the season that four running backs will split carries, but senior Heath Knight got the majority of the snaps. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "What to know about each of the Week 2 Southern Indiana football games," 28 Aug. 2019 Quarterback Nick Teresi, who was projected to share snaps with senior Harry Mingrone, was injured on his first carry in the opener against Menlo-Atherton and missed the rest of the year. Darren Sabedra, The Mercury News, "Football analysis: Can Bellarmine turn things around?," 28 Aug. 2019 Floyd was the No. 2 back last season, with 45 carries for 209 yards in his first season out of junior college. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Behind Eno Benjamin, ASU running backs Isaiah Floyd and A.J. Carter could surprise in situational roles," 27 Aug. 2019 But most of the season was spent managing his health and limiting his carries. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "Can’t catch? USC’s Markese Stepp is out to prove he can be an Air Raid threat," 26 Aug. 2019 For perspective, Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliot led all rushers with 305 carries last year. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde: A change in sports for the better — Luck is commended, not reviled | Commentary," 25 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of carry

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for carry

Verb

Middle English carien, from Anglo-French carier to transport, from carre vehicle, from Latin carrus — more at car

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carry

verb

English Language Learners Definition of carry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move (something) while holding and supporting it
: to contain and direct the flow of (water, electricity, etc.)
: to have (something) with you or on your body

carry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of carry (Entry 2 of 2)

American football : the act of running with the ball

carry

verb
car·​ry | \ ˈker-ē How to pronounce carry (audio) \
carried; carrying

Kids Definition of carry

1 : to take or transfer from one place to another Can you carry a package? You might need to carry a number in addition.
2 : to contain and direct the course of The pipe is carrying water to the sea.
3 : to wear or have on or within the body carry money She is carrying an unborn child.
4 : to have as an element, quality, or part Does the camera carry a guarantee?
5 : to have for sale The market carries fresh fish.
6 : to go over or travel a distance His voice carried across the river.
7 : support entry 1 sense 1, bear The building has pillars that carry an arch.
8 : win entry 1 sense 3 He will carry the election.
9 : to hold or bear the body or some part of it Carry your head high.
10 : to sing in correct pitch Can you carry a tune?
11 : to present to the public The story was carried on the evening news. The paper carries weather reports.
carry away
: to cause strong feeling in The music carried her away.
carry on
1 : to behave in an improper or excited manner Ramona cried and carried on so … that they sent her home.— Barbara Robinson, Best Christmas Pageant
2 : manage sense 1 They carry on a business.
3 : to continue in spite of difficulties The scientists carried on even without their equipment.
carry out
: to put into action or effect
car·​ry | \ ˈkar-ē How to pronounce carry (audio) \
carried; carrying

Medical Definition of carry

1 : to harbor (a pathogen) within the body many are unaware they carry the virus and could be infecting others— Donald MacGillis
2 : to possess a specified gene women who carry genes that increase the risk of breast cancer— Liz Szabo specifically : to possess one copy of a specified recessive gene and be capable of transmitting it to offspring screening tests to see whether parents carry genes for cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs disease or other defects — Lisa Greene

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