\ 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.
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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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\ 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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