car·​ry·​out | \ˈka-rē-ˌau̇t, ˈker-ē-\

Definition of carryout 

(Entry 1 of 2)

carry 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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carryout adjective

Examples of carryout in a Sentence


She works in a Chinese carryout.


carried out the task efficiently and cheerfully

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On Tuesday, the board of supervisors in California’s second-largest city, San Francisco, gave unanimous approval to a measure banning plastic straws alongside carryout containers and wrappers treated with fluorinated chemicals. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "California city OKs jail time for defying plastic straw ban," 25 July 2018 The second location in Wauwatosa will feature indoor and outdoor seating, beer and wine selections, as well as carryout and delivery services. Nicole Aimone, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wauwatosa Common Council grumbles, but approves Rice n Roll's second location inside State Street Station," 20 June 2018 Dinners are $10 for adults, $6 for children ages 12 to preschool age, free for preschool-age children and younger, and $8 for carryouts. Post-Tribune, "Church news," 16 Mar. 2018 Opposition also came from carryout and delivery businesses, which have lower check averages and profit margins. Lorraine Mirabella,, "More eateries, businesses do away with plastic straws," 13 July 2018 King anticipates that this year's carryout inventory will be low. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "A record 2.45 billion-pound almond harvest could be hurt with Chinese tariffs," 6 July 2018 Other White House staffers can get carryout from a take-out window. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "White House eatery tells EPA chief Scott Pruitt he's there too much, Politico reports," 7 June 2018 King said Almond growers rely on carryout, or a buffer of the previous year’s inventory, to meet market demand while harvest takes place, from August to October. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "A record 2.45 billion-pound almond harvest could be hurt with Chinese tariffs," 6 July 2018 People who ate at the restaurant — including carryout and drive-through — between June 13 and June 23 are at risk. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "4,000 people who ate at Hardee's near airport at risk for hepatitis A, county says," 26 June 2018

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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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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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