car·​ry·​over | \ˈka-rē-ˌō-vər, ˈker-ē-\

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


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

Santa Anita preview The best part of Thursday’s eight-race card is a $92,218 pick six carryover which could swell the pool to half-a-million. John Cherwa,, "Racing! News, notes and some free stuff," 11 Jan. 2018 Predictably, the hybrid model—another carryover from the current RAV4—has a considerably more weak-kneed look, with smallish tires giving it a distinctly less rugged vibe. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "2019 Toyota RAV4 / RAV4 Hybrid: Sales Champ Gets a Compelling Overhaul," 29 Mar. 2018 The pick 6 was up 19.4%, but that’s a total luck factor based on carryovers and especially having a massive one on closing day. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Digging down into the Santa Anita numbers," 30 June 2018 There is a Pick 6 carryover of more than $13,000 heading into Friday’s eight-race program at Los Alamitos, which means that the total Pick 6 pool with the new money wagered could be more than $50,000. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Jon White’s first Belmont rankings," 25 May 2018 Live racing returns to Laurel on Thursday with a trio of carryovers on the 10-race program., "Digest: Valor QB Davila has neck surgery, will miss rest of season," 2 May 2018 First, some of the carryovers: There seems to be a massive - and probably successful -- push for Janet Jackson. Chuck Yarborough,, "Judas Priest is best bet for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2019 - and who else? (photos)," 16 Apr. 2018 Live racing returns to Laurel Park with a 10-race program today that includes carryovers in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 and $1 Super Hi-5 wagers., "Digest (July 5): Stronach Group plans to display weights of horses for handicapping," 5 July 2018 Keep another bench outfielder Assuming that the combination of a strong spring and his carryover Rule 5 roster requirements keeps Anthony Santander on the roster for Opening Day, there are a few options for a fifth outfielder in camp. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles could have an extra Opening Day roster spot with Trumbo hurt. How can they use it?," 16 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The 29 year-old, however, has carried over his impressive recent club form to the World Cup, and gets the chance to bounce back on Sunday, as his country stand 90 minutes away from their first ever World Cup win., "'One of the Best on the Planet': Liverpool Defender Makes Bold Claim After Croatia's World Cup Win," 12 July 2018 But does that logic carry over to the wealthy, but underemployed, U.S.? Edward Glaeser, WSJ, "‘Give People Money’ and ‘The War on Normal People’ Review: The Cure for Poverty?," 9 July 2018 This advice carries over to appliances as well, with the exception of refrigerators, which normally come out in the spring. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Amazon Prime Day: insider tips to getting the best deals and avoiding the hype," 9 July 2018 This sweeping design carries over to the interior of the property, with a central living room under an arched ceiling and winding staircases that branch off to bedrooms and common spaces scattered across three stories. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Sculptural steel home built into a 19th-century railway bridge wants $1.4M," 9 July 2018 Any unused capital loss can carry over to the next year., "Can unbuilt investment property sold at loss provide tax deduction?," 5 July 2018 Little also carried over more than $334,000 in cash from the 2016 election cycle. William L. Spence, idahostatesman, "Idaho governor candidates spent $11 million trying to get your votes," 19 June 2018 In health-conscious L.A., the obsession with eating well can carry over to dog bowls. Lesley Mckenzie, The Hollywood Reporter, "Inside the Raw vs. Cooked Dog Food Debate: Hollywood's Top Vets Weigh In," 18 June 2018 But more than just on dunks and drives to the basket, Smith's athleticism carries over to his defense. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "Barely 19, Zhaire Smith has 'surprised' in NBA workouts. Could Hornets take a gamble?," 14 June 2018

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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 \

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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