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
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

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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 Students also are not being assigned lockers for the first quarter, but instead will carry their backpacks from class to class. Bill Jones, chicagotribune.com, "South Side, suburban Catholic schools to resume in-person classes with cohorts, masks and some anxiety," 7 Aug. 2020 Census workers will wear masks, carry hand sanitizer and socially distance during the required interview, Stephens said. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, "Alabama still lags in Census response as deadline looms," 7 Aug. 2020 At first, Wiig wasn't open to having another woman carry her child. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Kristen Wiig Calls IVF the 'Most Difficult Time in My Life' Before Twins' Birth via Surrogate," 7 Aug. 2020 Pitchers have been complaining for years about having to pitch at Chase Field with the roof open, saying the ball doesn’t carry as well when the roof is closed. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, "Astros pitcher Lance McCullers upset about Chase Field roof opening mid-game," 6 Aug. 2020 People who are infected with COVID-19 but don't show symptoms carry about as much of the virus in their nose, throat, and lungs as those with symptoms, a study published Thursday in JAMA Internal Medicine shows. TheWeek, "Asymptomatic coronavirus carriers are just as contagious as those with symptoms, study shows," 6 Aug. 2020 Conviction would carry up to 74 years in prison and $2.5 million in fines, Hurst said. Emily Wagster Pettus, Star Tribune, "4 poultry plant execs indicted after 2019 immigration raid," 6 Aug. 2020 But changing treatments can carry risks, says Alpert. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "Ketamine’s promise as an antidepressant is being undermined by its lack of profit," 6 Aug. 2020 But each of those states contains unique electoral dynamics, meaning a general Democratic wave won't necessarily carry each candidate across the finish line. Washington Examiner, "Odds growing of split Senate after November," 5 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Only 1994 New England averaged fewer yards per carry as a team (2.79 vs. 2.91). Nat Newell, The Indianapolis Star, "Ranking every Indianapolis Colts team: Nos. 16-20, disappointments and false promise," 9 July 2020 Olawale isn’t a very good run blocker, evidenced by the fact that Dallas’ yards per carry in 2019 jumped from 3.57 with Olawale on the field to 5.02 with him on the sideline. John Owning, Dallas News, "3 moves the Cowboys should make, but won’t: Dallas can do without a traditional fullback on the roster," 8 July 2020 A year ago, Baylor ran for 180 yards, averaging 6.0 yards per carry. oregonlive, "Oregon State 2020 football position preview: Beavers are loaded at running back with Jermar Jefferson, B.J. Baylor," 7 July 2020 This is a common method of carry for uniformed police officers and security personnel. Chris Mudgett, Outdoor Life, "You Just Purchased a Handgun for Personal Defense, Now What?," 1 July 2020 In the first game versus a San Diego Chargers team Indianapolis had lost to two weeks prior, Marshall Faulk injured his ankle after one carry. Nat Newell, The Indianapolis Star, "Ranking every Indianapolis Colts team: Nos. 1-5, Peyton Manning's best," 12 July 2020 Mostert ran for a team-leading 772 yards with eight touchdowns in 2019, and his 5.8 yards a carry was second in the NFL behind Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback Lamar Jackson (6.9). oregonlive, "San Francisco 49ers’ Raheem Mostert asks for a trade," 9 July 2020 This handy bag goes from backpack to tote, thanks to a smart carry handle and strap configuration. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "Adidas is offering up to 30% off bags, hats and more accessories," 8 July 2020 Mostert, 28, led the 49ers with 772 yards and eight touchdowns and averaged 5.6 yards per carry in the regular season. Michael Lerseth, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ Raheem Mostert wants to be traded after failed contract negotiations," 8 July 2020

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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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11 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Carry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carry. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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carry

verb
How to pronounce carry (audio)

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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