convey

verb
con·​vey | \ kən-ˈvā How to pronounce convey (audio) \
conveyed; conveying

Definition of convey

transitive verb

1a : to bear from one place to another especially : to move in a continuous stream or mass
b : to impart or communicate by statement, suggestion, gesture, or appearance struggling to convey his feelings
c : to transfer or deliver (something, such as property) to another especially by a sealed writing
d : to cause to pass from one place or person to another convey a message
e(1) archaic : steal
(2) obsolete : to carry away secretly
2 obsolete : lead, conduct

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Examples of convey in a Sentence

To convey sympathy to a bereaved parent by telephone struck him as maladroit … — P. D. James, The Private Patient, 2008 … he conveys so much kindliness and benign authority that he is probably forgiven each time he directs a tuna-fish shopper into the thick of the English muffins. — Susan Orlean, New Yorker, 22 June 1992 Robyn was well aware that clothes do not merely serve the practical purpose of covering our bodies, but also convey messages about who we are, what we are doing, and how we feel. — David Lodge, Nice Work, 1990 … please convey to Mr. & Mrs. Langdon my love &respectful duty. — Mark Twain 28 Nov. 1868, in Mark Twain's Letters1990 The singer was conveyed from her hotel to the airport by limousine. They conveyed the goods by ship. The pipes convey water to the fields. The message conveyed a sense of urgency. He conveyed the estate to his son.
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Recent Examples on the Web Bacon, perpetually haunted around the eyes and lean as a whippet, does his best to convey Theo’s mounting dread and confusion as the house around him steadily morphs into some kind of fourth-dimension human flytrap. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Kevin Bacon can't save drab thriller You Should Have Left from itself: Review," 18 June 2020 But what message was most important to convey to white people during an emotional week? Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "How former NFL LB Emmanuel Acho's 9-minute video to white people went viral after George Floyd’s death," 6 June 2020 To avoid that breakdown and the high-risk pool party itself, Marcus says our public health messaging needs to convey nuance. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Public shaming has become a common pastime during the pandemic. But it doesn't really work," 6 June 2020 Henderson expressed concern as to whether the phone was secure and then tried to convey his message to the shah via the palace official, using discreet language. NBC News, "A message from 'Queen Elizabeth' to the shah played role in CIA 1953 coup in Iran, documentary says," 5 June 2020 With their comic vagueness, words like bazillion convey the difficulty of trying to grasp big numbers. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "There are a zillion different names for big numbers," 4 June 2020 Masks that cover the nose and mouth make lip reading impossible and hide some of the facial expressions and mouth movements, called morphemes, that ASL uses to convey emphasis, tone, affect and grammar. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area deaf, hard of hearing say face masks cut off communication," 4 June 2020 Hasn’t everyone spent enough time trying to convey the same message peacefully? Brian Bennett, Time, "‘Maybe He’s Helping the Cause.’ D.C. Protesters Say Donald Trump Has Galvanized Their Movement," 3 June 2020 Under state and federal law, the animals are considered Lowe’s property and don’t convey. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Court orders 'Tiger King' zoo to be surrendered, but its animals remain in limbo," 2 June 2020

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First Known Use of convey

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for convey

Middle English, from Anglo-French conveer to accompany, escort, from Vulgar Latin *conviare, from Latin com- + via way — more at way

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The first known use of convey was in the 14th century

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“Convey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/convey. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for convey

convey

verb
How to pronounce convey (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of convey

formal : to take or carry (someone or something) from one place to another
: to make (something) known to someone
law : to change the ownership of (property) from one person to another

convey

verb
con·​vey | \ kən-ˈvā How to pronounce convey (audio) \
conveyed; conveying

Kids Definition of convey

1 : to carry from one place to another : transport Pipes convey water. Travelers were conveyed to the airport by shuttle.
2 : to make known : communicate We use words to convey our thoughts.
con·​vey | \ kən-ˈvā How to pronounce convey (audio) \
conveyed; conveying

Legal Definition of convey

: to transfer or transmit (property or property rights) to another especially by a writing (as a deed or will) agreed to convey to the estate his Manhattan town house— R. H. Jensen — compare alienate, devise, donate, give, grant, sell

Other Words from convey

conveyee \ kən-​ˌvā-​ˈē \ noun
conveyor \ kən-​ˈvā-​ər \ noun

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