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


superstitions that are carryovers from ancient times

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There was a carryover of $306,660 entering the day. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Four shippers are candidates for $1M Pacific Classic," 7 Aug. 2019 Blame the carryover exhaustion from an abbreviated offseason. Tara Sullivan,, "It sure feels like the energy is back in this Red Sox season," 29 July 2019 The difference between revenue from the levy and the cost is mostly covered through a carryover balance that is shrinking., "Liberty Township trustees move closer to police levy on November ballot," 5 July 2019 The difference between revenue from the levy and the cost is mostly covered through a carryover balance that is dwindling. Sue Kiesewetter,, "Liberty Township residents could decide on police services levy," 19 June 2019 The restaurant district previously had a budget of about $270,000, similarly composed of city assistance, assessments and carryover, plus grant funding. Hillary Davis,, "2 Newport Beach business improvement districts lose $40,000 infusions from city," 12 June 2019 Bethesda’s Fallout 4 and Wolfenstein II were both recently added and seem like obvious PC carryovers, as do Paradox’s Surviving Mars and Deep Silver’s Metro games, excluding this year’s Metro Exodus. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's fantastic Xbox Game Pass subscription service is coming to the PC," 30 May 2019 Building strength with assistance exercises can have a lot of carryover in improving your ability to perform the main lifts. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "All About the Kang Squat, Rumer Willis’s Go-to Glute-Strengthening Move," 3 Apr. 2019 Chic Pleats Another carryover of the ’80s revival? Pleated pants—but these aren’t your dad’s chinos! Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Revisit the Best Trends From Pre-Fall, Hitting Stores (and Streets!) Now," 2 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That prompted a group of neighbors to sue to stop Leggat, arguing that government immunity from zoning limits shouldn’t carry over to private owners. Jon Chesto,, "Saga of empty Cambridge courthouse tower enters a new chapter," 12 Aug. 2019 Even Pininfarina’s lead development driver carries over: Nick Heidfield, who drove for the Formula E racing team for the last three years, is in charge of honing the experience behind the wheel. Brett Berk, WIRED, "How Formula E Racing Makes Electric Cars Faster, Smarter, Funner," 20 July 2019 Once the game or practice is over, Butera said the good feelings carry over to the rest of his routine. Steve Sadin,, "Niles West tops Maine West to claim Connie Mack summer baseball title," 19 July 2019 In the Gert Town section of the city, residents swept up the debris that heavy rain had carried over to their homes. Fox News, "New Orleans residents stunned by severe flooding as tropical system strengthens," 11 July 2019 Even wilder: No player carries over from one postseason round to the next. Gary Gramling,, "Hold Your Fantasy Playoffs During the NFL Playoffs, You Cowards," 5 July 2019 The work is expected to last 12 months, although officials believe that much of what carries over into next year will be site restoration and replanting after construction wraps up. Thomas Jewell,, "Mysteries from the deep: Stolen car found during draining of Lower Shaker Lake," 10 June 2019 Others, like California Gov. Jerry Brown, would wait before jumping in at the tail end of the primary calendar, hoping a late show of strength might carry over to the convention. Steve Kornacki, NBC News, "1976: Jimmy Carter begins his march," 29 July 2019 Here, Gnawa music emerged from the country’s slave-trading past, carried over on slave ships from West Africa that docked in Mogador, now called Essaouira. National Geographic, "Music in Morocco: The ultimate sonic journey," 23 July 2019

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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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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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