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 That’s not only a reference to the new players but the carryover players buying into the coaching staff’s use of advanced analytics and technology. John Shea,, "Playoffs within reach for Giants, Kapler optimistic about final 22 games.," 3 Sep. 2020 The only carryover parts from the Continental are the windshield and the door handles, which incorporate the keyless entry system. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "2021 Bentley Mulliner Bacalar Concept Brings Open-Top Exclusivity," 7 Aug. 2020 The difference between the revenues and expenses were covered by carryover funds that are quickly depleting. Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, "West Chester police and fire levies on November ballot," 29 July 2020 The differences in both budgets are made up by carryover balances., "West Chester Township eyes police and fire levies on November ballot," 15 June 2020 Plus, the idea of punishing children is a carryover from generation upon generation before us. The Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax Live: 'Stay patient, stay weird, stay safe'," 6 May 2020 The butter will keep browning in the carryover heat of the pan. Los Angeles Times, "Brown butter works magic on this easy mac and cheese," 21 Apr. 2020 Revenues are anticipated at $7.6 million, with the difference coming from the carryover., "West Chester budget balanced thanks to carryover funds," 24 Feb. 2020 Much of the carryover was attributable to the highest local income tax collection ever, at $29 million last year, City Manager Tanisha Briley told City Council’s Finance Committee May 6. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Cleveland Heights’ budget surplus, cash reserve will help in battling ill effects of COVID-19," 12 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But if the 49ers hit the Super Bowl hangover, the Seahawks’ great luck in close games from a year ago doesn’t carry over and the Rams’ personnel losses knock them back a bit, the division could be there for the taking. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Cardinals will have biggest turnaround in NFL in 2020 season," 11 Sep. 2020 This doesn’t carry over to Zoom unless the connection is with the teacher. Sam Whiting,, "From front-door pics to class birthdays, back-to-school rituals adapt to remote learning," 10 Sep. 2020 The rain chances will carry over into Thursday as well. Dallas News, "Warm and muggy today, cold front tomorrow," 8 Sep. 2020 While Hogan gives individual jurisdictions the authority to move more slowly, the nuance of that doesn’t always carry over to people watching the governor on TV, many of whom are eager for a go-ahead to get some sense of normalcy. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Back-and-forth over Senator Theatre’s reopening puts Maryland’s patchwork approach to COVID-19 on display," 3 Sep. 2020 Since the reopening of the Windsor Public Library in June, the staff has been learning lessons from its safety protocols and online programming, including some that will be likely to carry over beyond the pandemic. Steve Smith,, "Windsor library learning from ‘new normal’," 21 Aug. 2020 Another plus is that all the flavor and spices from the brisket bark carry over. Chuck Blount,, "Chuck Food Shack: 4 ways to use that leftover brisket: salpicón, loaded baked potatoes, grilled cheese and queso," 10 Aug. 2020 The Cowboys could also carry over cap space to use for the 2021 season, which could help them sign quarterback Dak Prescott to a long-term contract. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "Sources: Cowboys add $7.1 million in salary cap space by restructuring Tyron Smith’s contract," 23 Aug. 2020 The fires, expected to carry over through the weekend, have made the air quality in parts of California some of the worst in the world. Editors, USA TODAY, "US Postal Service, Indy 500, California wildfires: 5 things to know this weekend," 22 Aug. 2020

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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 21 Sep. 2020.

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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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