cart

noun
\ 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

cart

verb
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

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Other Words from cart

Verb

carter noun

Synonyms for cart

Synonyms: Noun

wagon, wain

Synonyms: Verb

bear, carry, convey, ferry, haul, lug, pack, tote, transport

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Shortly after trainers whisked him off the field on a cart, his leg stuffed in a blue boot and his career hanging in the balance. Nicki Jhabvala, The Denver Post, "Ed McCaffrey remembers Pat Bowlen for his loyalty to the players," 14 June 2019 Putnam Foundation, which operates the institution, will pay rent to the city, and share proceeds from an on-site coffee cart or cafe. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Timken Museum lease agreement sets precedent for Balboa Park institutions," 4 June 2019 The health promoter, Luis Aguirre Jaramello, perches on a horse cart while a doctor and nurse begin check-ups. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "An unlikely feud between beekeepers and Mennonites simmers in Mexico," 12 Apr. 2019 Experts at the University of Alberta mounted one of these spectrometers on a mobile robotic cart to capture the spectra of light reflected by plants in the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in Minnesota. Lacy Schley, Discover Magazine, "A Spectrometer Paints Plants in a New Light," 1 Jan. 2019 Here and there, obsolete technologies peeked through the clutter: a dusty vintage computer scattered with floppy disks, VHS tapes on a rolling TV cart, a slide projector. Quanta Magazine, "A ‘Self-Aware’ Fish Raises Doubts About a Cognitive Test," 12 Dec. 2018 Alex Wilson became the first Tiger reliever to ride in on Comerica Park’s bullpen cart and recorded the final out of the eighth. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Mike Fiers brilliant in walk-off win vs. Tribe, 4-2 (12 innings)," 9 June 2018 Most of the material will be on movable carts that can be placed behind security gates that will come down from the ceiling when the library is closed. Sue Kiesewetter, Cincinnati.com, "New library branch to open at Liberty's Foundry Hall," 7 June 2018 Since last summer, the pod has brought on heavy-hitting carts such as Pastrami Zombie, Desi PDX and Caspian Kabob. Heidi Williams, OregonLive.com, "We tried 'Dragon's Breath,' the new treat that lets you breathe smoke, sort of (video)," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The female officer grabs her feet while the male officer takes her underneath one elbow carting her back to the car like a bag of groceries. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Viral Video Shows Michigan Police Officer Punching Handcuffed Teen Girl," 18 June 2019 Without mom and dad to cart you around, exploring off-campus can get a little difficult. Devan Schulte, Seventeen, "College 101: How to Get Around Without a Car," 25 Oct. 2012 The New York City Council on Thursday passed bills aimed at providing stronger protections for private trash-carting workers against long hours, unsafe conditions and possible union corruption. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York City Council Passes Bills to Protect Private Sanitation Workers," 28 Feb. 2019 Does anyone really tune into a football game wanting to see the quarterback’s limp body carted off the field? Jason Gay, WSJ, "The NFL Is Back. Nobody Tell Trump.," 15 Oct. 2018 Trucks began carting away the trash that overwhelmed the shoreline, though some experts said the accumulation would continue as winter storms resumed. Nada Homsi, New York Times, "A Sea of Trash on Lebanon’s Beaches," 23 Jan. 2018 Ever eat a french fry that’s been carted across town? John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Soggy Fries vs. Sagging Profits: Restaurants Face Delivery Dilemma," 7 Feb. 2019 Here, five behaviors worth quitting, and the must-have masks, cleansing wipes, nail polishes, and hair serums that will make these tasks as simple as pressing add to cart. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "5 Bad Beauty Habits to Break This Year (and How)," 29 Dec. 2018 Garoppolo was on the turf for a couple of minutes before he was helped to his feet and eventually carted off late in a 38-27 loss to Kansas City. Frank Miles, Fox News, "49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo out for the season with knee injury," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of cart

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cart

Noun

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

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

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cart

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cart

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a wagon with two wheels that is pulled by an animal (such as a horse or donkey)
US : a metal basket on wheels used to hold groceries while you are shopping
US : a table with wheels used especially for serving food

cart

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cart (Entry 2 of 2)

: to carry or move (something) in a cart
: to carry or move (something)
: to take (someone) away by force

cart

noun
\ 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

cart

verb
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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