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

Synonyms: Verb

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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 protests continue, but Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX) is keeping calm and carrying on. The Economist, "Hong Kong’s bourse seeks to snap up the London Stock Exchange," 12 Sep. 2019 With that respect, that comes into the locker room and then carries on. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "How Broncos’ Phillip Lindsay can grow after breakout rookie season: “My mindset is grind”," 9 Sep. 2019 Myers displayed his rushing capabilities as well, earning 11.8 yards per carry on four attempts. Si Wire, SI.com, "Buffalo vs. Penn State Live Stream: Watch Online, TV Channel, Start Time," 7 Sep. 2019 America would still have had enough manpower to carry on training the Afghan army and giving it air support. The Economist, "America will have to resume negotiations with the Taliban eventually," 14 Sep. 2019 Civil lawsuits related to the shooting carried on for three years. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Jeff Davis retiring after nearly 35 years with the El Cajon Police Department," 12 Sep. 2019 Behrouz Kamalvandi of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran made the remarks Saturday in a news conference carried on live television. NBC News, "Iran breaches nuclear deal again, warns 'not much time left' to save agreement," 7 Sep. 2019 Many of the infants were girls given up by parents who hoped instead for a male child to carry on the family name. Brandon Yu, The Atlantic, "One Child Nation Paints a Harrowing Picture of an Infamous Policy," 13 Aug. 2019 Between his five siblings and him, there were 11 grandchildren carrying on the Ryan name. Adrienne Brodeur, Glamour, "Our Children Have My Last Name. No, My Husband Doesn’t Mind," 13 Aug. 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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The first known use of carry-on was in 1600

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carry-on

noun
How to pronounce carry on (audio)

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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