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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Guzman, 62, has already been charged with drug trafficking, money-laundering, and weapons offenses, which carry a mandatory life sentence. Editors, USA TODAY, "'El Chapo' sentencing, Puerto Rico protests, NFL training camps: 5 things to know Wednesday," 17 July 2019 Thomas Harding was the lone engineer on the train, which was carrying crude oil from North Dakota to an oil refinery in New Brunswick. Ian Austen, New York Times, "A Runaway Train Explosion Killed 47, but Deadly Cargo Still Rides the Rails," 16 July 2019 Greg told the Times Sheryl was chased by the man, who was carrying a knife. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Calif. Hiker Missing for 4 Days Says She Fled Knife-Wielding Man Who Tried to Rape Her," 16 July 2019 Visit the Samuel Oschin Pavilion to see the space shuttle Endeavour, which flew the first service mission to the Hubble Telescope, and an external tank, which carried propellant for the orbiter. Currie Engel, Time, "8 Places You Can Visit to Celebrate Apollo 11's 50th Anniversary This Week," 15 July 2019 Along the path, Babbitt met a young couple from Georgia who were carrying their toddler son in a backpack, and other people from Ohio, Minnesota and other states. Ian James, azcentral, "He took down dams, freed wolves and preserved wildlands. Bruce Babbitt is still at work," 14 July 2019 Flash flooding can cause hazardous driving conditions, and drivers are urged not to drive into floodwaters, which can easily carry vehicles away. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland weather: Trapped vehicles, downed power lines reported after storms move through Baltimore region," 12 July 2019 According to a news release, Cantrell — who has carried a gun for 25 years — will attend training on firearms safety practices. Alejandra Reyes-velarde, latimes.com, "A police chief left her gun in an El Pollo Loco bathroom. Then someone stole it," 11 July 2019 Silicon’s bandgap corresponds to infrared photons, which carry less energy than photons in the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "New Designs Could Boost Solar Cells Beyond Their Limits," 11 July 2019

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Wright also rushed for 232 yards (8.3 yards per carry) and two TDs. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Keep an eye on these Indy-area small school football standouts in 2019," 4 July 2019 The Bulls allowed more than 248 yards per game and an average of 5.1 yards per carry. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 53 USF pushes to jump-start offense," 3 July 2019 Collins started every game until Week 12 but averaged just 3.6 yards per carry and didn't have a run of longer than 19 yards. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Trial for former Ravens RB Alex Collins, who faces felony gun and drug charges, rescheduled for July," 24 June 2019 Only one carry-on bag, 22 pounds or less, allowed; checked bag $50 each way. Catharine Hamm, latimes.com, "Cheap flight: $430 round trip from LAX to Paris on Norwegian for fall, winter," 21 June 2019 As a freshman, Pierce ran for 523 yards and averaged 5.3 yards per carry. oregonlive.com, "Looking for an Oregon State football difference maker in 2019? It’s Artavis Pierce, if he finds his confidence," 13 June 2019 While Feathers’ yardage record has been passed many times, his 8.44 yards per carry from that season has been bested only by Michael Vick’s 8.45 in 2006 among qualified rushers. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 89, Beattie Feathers," 9 June 2019 Take your food out just in case The agency's advice: Keep your carry-on bag uncluttered during screening so lines don't get held up. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Packing food for your flight? TSA might ask you to take it out of your carry-on bag," 12 Apr. 2018 On a recent United airlines flight, a passenger was instructed by a flight attendant to put a carry-on pet bag holding their 10-month old French bulldog in the overhead storage bin instead of under the seat in front of them. Mackenzie Schmidt, PEOPLE.com, "People Explains: When Is It Safe to Stand Up to a Flight Attendant?," 15 Mar. 2018

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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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The first known use of carry was in the 14th century

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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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