car·​ry·​over | \ ˈker-ē-ˌō-vər , 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


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

Thursday's opener offers a carryover of $3,508.25 in the $1 Super Hi-5., "Digest: Valor QB Davila has neck surgery, will miss rest of season," 2 May 2018 It should be noted, too, that there is some West Coast carryover, going from Pat Shurmur to DeFilippo. Albert Breer,, "The Kirk Cousins Effect," 28 June 2018 The combined carryover is more than $800,000 and betting in this wager is expected to approach $4 million. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Justify has yet another day in the sun," 24 June 2018 Included in that is the carryover of $10.6 million from last year. Jim Owczarski,, "Cincinnati Bengals Xtra: Setting the table for the Bengals in free agency," 10 Feb. 2018 And spending minimums are based on the actual cap ($177.2 million this year), not the adjusted cap including carryover amounts, which for seven teams is over $190 million this year. Andrew Brandt,, "How NFL and NBA Contracts Differ, and What NFL Players Can Do to Change It," 10 July 2018 Photo: Joan Marcus The concept is a carryover from when this revival was first staged in London four years ago at a renowned pie shop in that city. Charles Passy, WSJ, "‘Sweeney Todd’ to Close, Even as Audiences Eat It Up," 22 Aug. 2018 The Late Pick 5 (races 5-9), which offers just a 12 percent takeout, begins with a carryover of $8,173.87., "Digest: CCBC Essex suffers first loss in NJCAA DII World Series, 6-5," 27 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As the story goes, Deneuve and Saint Laurent’s working relationship carried over into their real lives, and the two remained close friends until the latter’s death in 2008. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Catherine Deneuve and Saint Laurent Celebrate 50 Years of Belle de Jour," 21 Dec. 2018 That simplicity of cut has carried over into contemporary fashion, particularly in the work of Mr. Miyake. Susan Delson, WSJ, "Kimonos Meet Couture," 12 Oct. 2018 These events also carry over into iconic locations, like the The Victoria & Albert, or V&A Museum, where several design events are curated throughout the week. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, "Go Inside The London Design Festival, AKA Fashion Week For Decor Addicts," 2 Oct. 2018 The universalist message in Pitbull’s between song interludes carried over into the motley mix that makes up his genre blending music. Dan Deluca,, "Pitbull lights up the Ben Franklin Parkway on the 4th of July," 4 July 2018 Defeat to Austria, followed by a scrappy win over Saudi Arabia was hardly the preparation Joachim Löw was looking for, and their struggles have carried over into the tournament., "World Cup Preview: Germany vs Sweden - Recent Form, Prediction, Team News & More," 22 June 2018 Clouse said a decision to carry over $93 million from this year's budget, plus some growth in revenue from online sales taxes and insurance premium taxes, helped cover the rising costs for prisons and the other increases. Anna Beahm,, "Man struck, killed while walking on U.S. 280 in Birmingham," 13 Mar. 2018 The whole shebang cost $95, not including black pants, which carried over from the existing uniform. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Trump wants a French-style parade. Doesn’t he remember Nixon’s uniform goof?," 26 Feb. 2018 Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason hopes that their strong finish to the regular season will carry over into Thursday night’s game. Kristie Rieken, The Seattle Times, "Baylor tries to build on turnaround in Texas Bowl," 26 Dec. 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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