carry-on

noun
car·​ry-on | \ ˈker-ē-ˌȯn How to pronounce carry-on (audio) , ˈka-rē-, -ˌän\

Definition of carry-on

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 British : carrying-on
2 : a piece of luggage suitable for being carried aboard an airplane by a passenger

carry-on

adjective

Definition of carry-on (Entry 2 of 3)

: carried or suitable for being carried aboard carry-on baggage

carry on

verb
carried on; carrying on; carries on

Definition of carry on (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to continue doing, pursuing, or operating carry on research carried on the business

intransitive verb

1 : to continue especially in spite of hindrance or discouragement chose to carry on despite the weather
2 : to behave or speak in a foolish, excited, or improper manner shocked at how he carries on

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Synonyms for carry-on

Synonyms: Noun

carryall, grip, handbag, holdall [chiefly British], portmanteau, suitcase, traveling bag, wallet

Synonyms: Verb

act out, act up, misbehave

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Examples of carry-on in a Sentence

Verb

a toddler crying and carrying on in the store she bravely carried on despite the loss of her husband

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The player then can bypass the conflict and carry on. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, "Column: The Player: Yes, Trump is wrong to blame video games for mass shootings, but it’s complicated," 8 Aug. 2019 The first four episodes will debut on Sunday, September 15 and carry on through Wednesday, September 18. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Everything to Know About Ken Burns's 'Country Music' Documentary," 28 July 2019 Replace the fuse with one of the same size, attach the panel, and carry on. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How To Use a Digital Multimeter," 25 July 2019 On Wall Street, Snap impressed and AT&T carried on. Fortune, "How China Hopes to Launch More Tech Stock STARs—Data Sheet," 24 July 2019 So learn from this experience: Stay calm and carry on. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "4 chilling lessons from a tech hotline scam," 4 July 2019 Ric’s sister Lorraine is the executive chef and is responsible for carrying on their mother’s recipes along with introducing new ones. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Good food and family recipes serve up 40 years of success for Serrano’s Mexican Restaurants," 27 July 2019 Each will talk about carrying on their fathers’ legacies. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al.com, "Huntsville sets Apollo 11 anniversary events," 12 July 2019 The scene is painful to watch, especially because those around Cobain carry on like nothing in wrong, giving the feeling this is just like any other day in the Love-Cobain household. Lisawhill, Longreads, "Live Through This: Courtney Love at 55," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of carry-on

Noun

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1967, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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carry-on

noun

English Language Learners Definition of carry-on

 (Entry 1 of 2)

US : a small piece of luggage that a passenger can carry onto an airplane
British, informal : a moment of excitement or silly behavior

carry-on

adjective

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

: small enough to be carried onto an airplane by a passenger

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