car·​ry·​over | \ ˈker-ē-ˌō-vər How to pronounce carryover (audio) , ˈka-rē- \

Definition of carryover

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act or process of carrying over
2 : something retained or carried over superstitions that are carryovers from ancient times

carry over

carried over; carrying over; carries over

Definition of carry over (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to transfer (an amount) to the next column, page, or book relating to the same account
b : to hold over (something, such as goods) for another time or season
2 : to deduct (a loss or an unused credit) from taxable income of a later period

intransitive verb

: to persist from one stage or sphere of activity to another

Examples of carryover in a Sentence

Noun superstitions that are carryovers from ancient times
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Even though his jumper looked unsurprisingly iffy -- a knock on him for years and a carryover from last season with the Timberwolves -- Rubio helped ignite the offense for a brief stretch in the first half. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 6 Oct. 2021 There would be no carryover for the Milwaukee Brewers from Sunday's dramatic walk-off victory. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Sep. 2021 Practice under new head coach Chad McGehee starts at 6:30 in the morning, a carryover from last year’s final season under Wade Waldrop. al, 5 Aug. 2021 His motion proposed that the city use $500,000 from this year's carryover budget, which gets allocated in the fall, to seed the fund. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 2 Aug. 2021 And when the lights turned on at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday night for Auburn’s first fall scrimmage, Harsin was impressed with the carryover displayed by the Tigers’ receivers. Tom Green |, al, 15 Aug. 2021 The law sought to impose carryover basis—applying capital gains taxes on the original purchase price of assets on death to the beneficiaries of property, farmland, assets and securities. Chuck Grassley, WSJ, 11 Aug. 2021 The receiver also senses that the evolving chemistry in camp is a carryover from all the offseason dialogue about route adjustments. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 30 July 2021 Among Tim Ritvo’slegacies is a Pick Six that at a 20-cent purchase price is almost assured of creating a carryover when there is no single winner. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some utility companies carry over credits from one month to another, while others pay customers for excess electricity monthly, says Cramer. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 Employers may allow people to carry over unused balances from 2020 into 2021. New York Times, 12 Mar. 2021 Many of the outdoor innovations at Motor Bella will carry over into future shows in downtown Detroit, North said. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, 24 Sep. 2021 The actual costs for fire expenses and rehabilitation was just over $30.4 million, leaving $28.5 million lawmakers can carry over to cover this year’s costs. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Sep. 2021 Maybe the Bears will think about working him into the rotation to see if some of that success can carry over into the regular season. Brad Biggs,, 13 Sep. 2021 What Miami must avoid is letting Week 1′s disappointing effort carry over into a tricky game against Appalachian State. C.j. Doon,, 11 Sep. 2021 That was a good piece of it, just to see the development of those guys and seeing that growth carry over into the fall here. Nick Celario | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 27 Aug. 2021 Kevin Stefanski’s offense might evolve, having all those routes and targets carry over into the season might be a good place to start. Scott Patsko, cleveland, 31 July 2021

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First Known Use of carryover


1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1745, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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“Carryover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of carryover

: something that existed in one time or place and continues in another


car·​ry·​over | \ ˈkar-ē-ˌō-vər How to pronounce carryover (audio) \

Legal Definition of carryover

: the portion of a deduction (as for a net operating loss) or credit which cannot be taken entirely in a given period and which may be deducted from taxable income of a later period — compare carryback


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