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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

Example Sentences

Noun superstitions that are carryovers from ancient times
Recent Examples on the Web
Strengthening them has direct carryover to the bench press. David Otey, Men's Health, 6 Dec. 2022 First NBA refs allowed the carryover dribble (a la Penny Hardaway 25 years ago), then allowed an extra step, than another. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Dec. 2022 Though the new season takes place over 8,000 miles away from the previous one, Tanya isn’t the only carryover. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 24 Oct. 2022 Partain said the biggest carryover from the beach is his ability to play through pressure moments. Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 Because those numbers are so low, the carryover effect in later years is a much shallower managerial pool. Mark Anderson, ajc, 11 Nov. 2022 No carryover soreness for Jake DeBrusk (hand/wrist), who was back on the line with Bergeron and Pavel Zacha. Globe Staff,, 18 Oct. 2022 The carryover Maxima will soon be minimized, as 2023 is its last model year. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 5 Oct. 2022 The Lightning enter the 2022 season with some carryover momentum after posting a three-game winning streak to close out the 2021 season. oregonlive, 18 Aug. 2022
Showers are likely Thursday night and could carry over into Friday. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 20 Nov. 2022 Off-white pairs from Aquatalia, Franco Sarto, and Tory Burch are perfect for fall and winter, but can still carry over into the spring and summer all the same. Laura Jackson, Vogue, 27 Oct. 2022 Those rule changes cannot be imposed unless approved by the Major League Baseball Players' Association, and with the exception of the DH staying in the National League, none are expected to carry over to 2021. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2020 By January 16th, employees will no longer accrue vacation hours, carry a vacation balance, or carry over unused vacation to subsequent years. Kylie Robison, Fortune, 11 Jan. 2023 Unfortunately for the Horned Frogs, their magic couldn't carry over into Monday night's national title game. Josh Criswell, Chron, 9 Jan. 2023 The risk for flooding will carry over into the afternoon as runoff from the San Mateo County mountains spills into the foothills east of 280. Gerry Díaz, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Jan. 2023 An embarrassing loss to the Panthers shouldn't carry over into Sunday's game, as the Lions were adamant about their ability to manage adversity and respond accordingly. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, 1 Jan. 2023 All those desirable traits carry over to the EV6 GT, but with a 256 horsepower and 99 pound-feet of torque bump, for a total of 576 hp and 545 lb-ft of torque. Karl Brauer, Forbes, 19 Dec. 2022 See More

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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

Dictionary Entries Near carryover

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Cite this Entry

“Carryover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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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