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car·​ry·​out ˈker-ē-ˌau̇t How to pronounce carryout (audio)
carryout adjective

carry out

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carried out; carrying out; carries out

transitive verb

: to bring to a successful issue : complete, accomplish
carried out the assignment
: to put into execution
carry out a plan
: to continue to an end or stopping point

Example Sentences

Noun She works in a Chinese carryout. Verb carried out the task efficiently and cheerfully
Recent Examples on the Web
Some, but not all, restaurants offer the deal for carryout as well as dining in, while others include the option of drinks or flights. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2023 California was the first state to ban single-use plastic carryout bags in 2016. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 12 Jan. 2023 Colorado lawmakers passed a law in 2021 that prohibits stores and retail food establishments from providing single-use plastic carryout bags to customers starting Jan. 1, 2024. Serenah Mckay, Arkansas Online, 4 Jan. 2023 But how that breaks down is telling: Delivery is up more than 5% while carryout is down 3%. Laura Reiley, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Dec. 2022 But how that breaks down is telling: Delivery is up more than 5 percent while carryout is down 3. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, 26 Dec. 2022 Behle Street by Sheli Open for dine-in and carryout on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Christmas Day from 3:30-9 p.m. 2220 Grandview Drive, Fort Mitchell. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 21 Dec. 2022 Bar Roma will offer a carryout Thanksgiving dinner. Lauryn Azu, Chicago Tribune, 11 Nov. 2022 During that promotion, which ran through May, Domino's said customers claimed more than 17 million of its carryout tips. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 13 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1940, in the meaning defined above


1608, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of carryout was in 1608

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Cite this Entry

“Carryout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

carry out

: to put into action or effect
carry out a plan
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