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

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 The rest of the car will be a carryover from the current Camry. Edgar Thompson,, "Chase Elliott captures the pole at Coke Zero Sugar 400," 7 July 2018 Friday’s eight-race card will feature a pick 6 carryover of $8,242 with the sequence beginning in race three with a 4½-furlong thoroughbred race for fillies and mares. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Los Alamitos puts its first day of the meeting in the books," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

One by one girls of all shapes and sizes climb onstage, and fling themselves off to be carried over the crowd. Eve Barlow, GQ, "15 Hours With Hinds, Spain's Wildest Rock Band," 25 June 2018 Instead of charging interest like other credit card companies (which allow unpaid balances to carry over), Brex charges $5 per user per month. Jen Wieczner, Fortune, "Y Combinator's Favorite Credit Card Just Raised $50 Million from PayPal Founders," 19 June 2018 The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission's discussion of the program known as PROMISE carried over from the commission's last meeting in June. Colleen Wright, miamiherald, "Broward's PROMISE program "irrelevant" to Nikolas Cruz's massacre, commission says," 10 July 2018 Who knows if this carries over even to training camp, but right now the Atlanta Hawks have players from half the City Six rosters, with Spellman joining former St. Joseph’s star DeAndre’ Bembry and former Drexel star Damion Lee. Mike Jensen,, "NBA draft observations: Mikal Bridges trade was 'heist' for Sixers, evaluating Villanova's stars' landing spots | Mike Jensen," 22 June 2018 Geographically, Clinton dominated the nation's biggest places, winning 87 of the nation's 100 largest counties, while Trump carried over 2,600 of the nation's other 3,000 counties, most of them smaller. Ronald Brownstein, CNN, "Republicans and Democrats increasingly really do occupy different worlds," 12 June 2018 City officials have said the budget increase essentially stems from bond money carried over from previous budgets as well as loans for sewer and water projects. Bob Warren,, "Slidell approves record $62.6 million budget - with a warning," 23 May 2018 Frustration has been commonplace for the Brewers against the Cubs in recent years, and it's carried over again to 2018. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers just can't catch a break this season against the Cubs," 27 Apr. 2018 Whether that carries over against the Ducks (19-15, 6-9) may depend on the visitors' pitching rotation. Ron Richmond For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Nick Madrigal closing in on return to Oregon State baseball lineup as Beavers prep for Civil War," 18 Apr. 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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