\ ˈkärt How to pronounce cart (audio) \
plural carts

Definition of cart

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a heavy usually horse-drawn 2-wheeled vehicle used for farming or transporting freight
2 : a lightweight 2-wheeled vehicle drawn by a horse, pony, or dog
3a : a small wheeled vehicle — see golf cart, grocery cart, shopping cart sense 1
b : 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
4 : 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


carted; carting; carts

Definition of cart (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

Other Words from cart


carter noun

Synonyms for cart

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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: Noun Guests can bring their own beer and wine on the cart. al, 1 May 2022 White Sox's Eloy Jimenez leaves the field on a cart after falling to the turf on a groundout to the Minnesota in the second inning on April 23, 2022. Lamond Pope, Chicago Tribune, 26 Apr. 2022 Season 6, back April 18 on AMC after a two-year hiatus, picks up just hours later, as the remnants of their dessert congeal on a rolling cart in the hallway. Judy Berman, Time, 15 Apr. 2022 As the players, band and cheerleaders disembarked, there was a man putting luggage on a cart and running it through the lobby of the private airplane hanger and to the cars. Reina Kempt, The Courier-Journal, 1 Apr. 2022 Right fielder Andrew Vaughn exited on a cart in the fourth inning after making a diving catch in right-center on a liner hit by Hanser Alberto. Lamond Pope,, 28 Mar. 2022 For dessert, there’s a chocolate tart that also arrives at your table on a cart. Andy Wang, Robb Report, 23 Feb. 2022 According to Gutierrez-Reed, the firearms were locked in a safe during that day’s lunch break, though some ammunition was kept unsecured on a cart. Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2022 To maintain social distancing, reporters would place their microphones and other devices on the cart. Morgan Sung, NBC News, 7 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To cart your luggage to the trailers, the camp provides little red wagons. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2022 With a few hundred pounds extra to cart around compared to the convertible, the Jensen GT was slightly less spry but still boasted a top speed of well over 100 mph. Benjamin Hunting, Car and Driver, 30 Mar. 2022 For Those Concerned With Wrinkles Those already privy to the transformative prowess of the NuFace Trinity should certainly consider adding its Wrinkle Reducer Attachment to cart. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 22 Mar. 2022 Embrace the look by adding the picks below to cart. Jake Smith, Glamour, 16 Mar. 2022 After Ridgway and other team members meticulously extracted each object, other conservators would then cart the pieces to the back of the lab for further study and cataloging. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 29 Dec. 2021 As of this writing, nearly every single color of the KN95s, from the classic black to the poppy pink, can be added to cart. Eva Thomas,, 7 Feb. 2022 Shop the full range here, or scroll down to add my go-to shade, Memoir, to cart. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 24 Jan. 2022 After Ridgway and other team members meticulously extracted each object, other conservators would then cart the pieces to the back of the lab for further study and cataloging. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 29 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of cart


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cart


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

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“Cart.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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\ ˈkärt How to pronounce cart (audio) \

Kids Definition of cart

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a heavy vehicle with two wheels usually drawn by horses and used for hauling
2 : a light vehicle pushed or pulled by hand


carted; carting

Kids Definition of cart (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to carry in a cart

Other Words from cart

carter noun

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