car·​ry·​out | \ ˈker-ē-ˌau̇t How to pronounce carryout (audio) , ˈka-rē- \

Definition of carryout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

carry out

carried out; carrying out; carries out

Definition of carry out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from carryout


carryout adjective

Examples of carryout in a Sentence

Noun She works in a Chinese carryout. Verb carried out the task efficiently and cheerfully
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The business, which has worked its way up to offering dining inside and outside, in addition to curbside carryout and delivery, had its best month in September since the start of the closures. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Months into pandemic, exodus of Baltimore office workers leaves void for downtown’s small businesses," 16 Oct. 2020 The Pasta Tree is continuing carryout and delivery via online ordering. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Pasta Tree on the east side is adding Sunday brunch after reopening for indoor dining," 15 Oct. 2020 Restaurants are also promoting delivery and carryout. Dee-ann Durbin,, "Cold weather means new challenges for struggling restaurants," 1 Oct. 2020 Restaurants are also promoting delivery and carryout. Arkansas Online, "Cold weather means new challenges for struggling restaurants," 30 Sep. 2020 Restaurants are also promoting delivery and carryout. The Associated Press,, "Space heaters and temporary igloos: Cold weather means new challenges for struggling restaurants," 30 Sep. 2020 Ghost kitchens, sometimes called dark kitchens or virtual kitchens, refer to a growing business model whereby restaurants exclusively sell food for delivery or carryout. Dallas News, "New York restaurant group launches second of five new ghost kitchen concepts in Dallas," 3 Sep. 2020 All locations will be open for delivery and carryout. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "27 Restaurants Open on Easter Sunday 2020 for Delivery or Carryout," 9 Apr. 2020 Eventually, Superkhana leaned into carryout and delivery operations, including a large, arched walk-up window. Adam Lukach,, "Chef partnerships becoming more common during COVID-19 pandemic as pros adapt to survive," 28 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of carryout


1964, in the meaning defined above


1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of carryout was in 1589

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21 Oct 2020

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“Carryout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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