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car·​ry·​over ˈker-ē-ˌō-vər How to pronounce carryover (audio)
: the act or process of carrying over
: something retained or carried over
superstitions that are carryovers from ancient times

carry over

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carried over; carrying over; carries over

transitive verb

: to transfer (an amount) to the next column, page, or book relating to the same account
: to hold over (something, such as goods) for another time or season
: 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
Many of those issues revolving around energy affordability, will be carryovers from the most recent rate cases. Karl Ebert, Journal Sentinel, 12 Apr. 2024 There is still an evident pandemic carryover in remote work levels, with one out of 10 roles in the the U.K. listed as remote, much higher than before COVID-19. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 22 Mar. 2024 Only three of this year's top picks are carryovers from the publication's 2023 winners: the Subaru Forester, Toyota Camry Hybrid and Ford Maverick/Maverick Hybrid. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 27 Feb. 2024 But that kind of carryover success is not likely to repeat in 2024. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 26 Feb. 2024 Gal and Don are called up from the small time by their handler Teddy (Stephen Moyer), another carryover from the film. Alison Herman, Variety, 25 Jan. 2024 In a follow-up video shared on Friday, Garten gave even more details about how to use this technique (called carryover cooking) with her Chicken with Goat Cheese and Basil recipe. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 28 Feb. 2024 Those 29 points in the first quarter to set a career and franchise high for most points in a quarter was a complete carryover from the 46-point night at Dallas. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 26 Jan. 2024 Related Articles Kurtenbach: Things are weird in the 49ers’ secondary, and that’s a red flag for the NFC Championship Game Linebacker Dre Greenlaw warned against thinking there is an inevitable carryover after Jones got his 108 for the Packers. Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 26 Jan. 2024
While certain themes carry over, the only real continuity is the title character of each chapter, R.M.F. (Yorgos Stefanakos), whose shifting status gives a clue to their order. Peter Debruge, Variety, 17 May 2024 Her character’s boldness even carried over into the actress’ press runs., 9 May 2024 The massive 50,000-square-foot structure carries over 1,200 items including 250 different styles of hats. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 9 May 2024 And there’s no doubt about it that the bad blood will carry over to Friday. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 9 May 2024 Although quirky traditions such as chugging a bottle of milk in the winner’s circle and kissing the yard of bricks that marks the start/finish line carry over year to year, never knowing exactly what might happen on the track and who might walk away a champion makes every race a fresh experience. Amy Lynch, Chicago Tribune, 8 May 2024 Although the version of the game that dropped Monday is not the full, finished title, Supergiant will allow players who purchase it to carry over their progress to the final game. Megan Farokhmanesh, WIRED, 6 May 2024 Unfortunately for Denver, that scoring outburst failed to carry over into the first half against Minnesota. Ryan McFadden, The Denver Post, 4 May 2024 That much carries over from book to TV show, or at least Kelley has his characters talk a lot about their legacies and their fullest selves, which isn’t quite the same thing. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1745, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of carryover was in 1745

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Cite this Entry

“Carryover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Legal Definition


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