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plural carts
: a heavy usually horse-drawn 2-wheeled vehicle used for farming or transporting freight
: a lightweight 2-wheeled vehicle drawn by a horse, pony, or dog
: a small wheeled vehicle see golf cart, grocery cart, shopping cart sense 1
: a table with wheels that is used especially for serving food
I make conversation after asking to look at the menu: That apple tart on the dessert cart—who made it, and what's in the crust?Corby Kummer
: a temporary record of items selected for purchase from an online vendor : shopping cart sense 2
You head back to your favorite Web shopping site, and the stuff you crammed in your cart last time is still there, waiting for you to buy it or dump it.Neil Randall


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carted; carting; carts

transitive verb

: to carry or convey in or as if in a cart
buses to cart the kids to and from schoolL. S. Gannett
: to take or drag away without ceremony or by force
usually used with off
they carted him off to jail
carter noun

Examples of cart in a Sentence

Noun a cart piled up with hay Verb We carted some dirt to the garden. I carted all the books home. He carted the bags away.
Recent Examples on the Web
Keep scrolling to add my favorites to your own cart. Megan Schaltegger, Travel + Leisure, 4 Apr. 2024 For example, in two Chicago-area locations in 2023, Amazon added hundreds of new name brands, more quick meal options, self-checkout kiosks and the Dash carts. Ramishah Maruf, CNN, 3 Apr. 2024 Market stalls line the main roads, selling food pilfered from aid organizations at inflated prices, or bartered, while children haul yellow gallon water jugs back to their homes on makeshift carts. Missy Ryan, Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2024 Isabel, and her son, sell them from a supermarket cart on 138th Street, a block from my house. Alix Strauss, New York Times, 30 Mar. 2024 Material representation can be added from a standard library, and basic measurements and clearance can be analyzed for equipment (machines, carts, racks, etc.), and interference/collision with plant infrastructure can be analyzed. Manojdeep Jasrotia, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Another pioneer, Carl Karcher, bought a hot dog cart in L.A. in 1941 and went on to found Carl’s Jr. Taco Bell, In-N-Out Burger and Jack in the Box also come from the region. Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2024 The influencers film themselves walking around stores and filling their carts with clothing, makeup, cute little bowls for your ramen noodles and, of course, Stanley cups. Brianna Scott, NPR, 25 Mar. 2024 Safer Home Indoor Plug-In Fly Traps $18 $13 More than 5,000 shoppers have added this plug-in fly trap to their cart in the last month and that’s because with seed season, unfortunately, comes gnat season. Stephanie Osmanski, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Mar. 2024
Don’t forget to add your favorites to cart, then come back and keep on scrolling to check out more must-see Lego discounts. Mia Huelsbeck, Peoplemag, 21 Mar. 2024 Entertainment was provided by an old television carted out from Branden’s engineering lab along with the extension cords required to reach an outdoor electrical outlet some 50 yards away. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2024 At one camp, Yoong managed to befriend a Mong La local who was employed to cart away rubbish and persuaded her to help. TIME, 21 Mar. 2024 But to meet his destiny as a fur-trapping legend, Jean must contend with a wily beaver population — often spied in teams of two, carting logs toward a mysterious location — who harbor their own plans for survival-of-the-fittest domination. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2024 Not long after dawn on Feb. 16, a worker behind the wheel of a claw excavator attacked piles of what turned out to be at least 100 poles, which would be carted away by a waiting semi. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2024 Early in the game, linebacker Dre Greenlaw slipped while jogging onto the field after a commercial break and was carted off the field for a reported Achilles injury. Rebecca Cohen, NBC News, 12 Feb. 2024 Thomas gave the middle finger to Carroll in 2018 while being carted off with a broken leg, as the injury would end his final season with the franchise. Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY, 10 Jan. 2024 About 12 hours after the water stopped running in this reporter's apartment building, a truck arrived carting a water tank. Emily Green, NPR, 8 Mar. 2024

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Word History



Middle English, probably from Old Norse kartr; akin to Old English cræt cart

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cart was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cart.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a heavy two-wheeled wagon usually pulled by a horse
: a light usually two-wheeled vehicle
pony cart


2 of 2 verb
: to carry in or as if in a cart
carter noun

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