con·vey | \ kən-ˈvā \
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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Liberals, who decry entrenched privilege at home, seem strangely OK with a British aristocracy that conveys titles and estates through bloodlines. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "Donald Trump, Meghan Markle, and America’s enduring obsession with the British royals," 12 July 2018 There’s nothing that conveys a little Fourth of July spirit like red, white and blue. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Plant your red, white and blue," 3 July 2018 The pursuit of great, memorable wine, of the sort that conveys the profound and the transcendent, travels through Burgundy; there’s simply no getting around it. Patrick Comiskey,, "Alternatives to Burgundy, from Burgundy," 29 June 2018 There are not too many other things like it that evoke a feeling about a special place, that convey so much. James Sullivan,, "Aloha to your father’s Hawaiian shirts," 28 June 2018 Source: National Weather Service While the National Hurricane Center has filled in some of those gaps by issuing maps that convey wind arrival times and storm surge predictions, the information is broad, like a view from space. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Hurricane forecasts for your block. There's a website for that now," 22 June 2018 In turn, the team has won three of the past six Open Cup tournaments, the effect of a staff that conveys the importance of the event with first-rate lineups every time out. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Why it might be time for Sporting KC to play the kids in U.S. Open Cup," 5 June 2018 In Obrecht's stomping grounds, the winding woodland path that once conveyed chugging trains has become a quiet escape for exercise, nature viewing and nonmotorized transit, linking three rural townships with the small towns of Oxford and Lake Orion. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "His namesake bridge cost $2M but carries only hikers and bikers," 1 June 2018 The scent is air-infused with violet-leaf, with spearmint oil that conveys invigorating spirit and energy. Sunhee Grinnell, Vanities, "Scent Memo for Spring: Citrus," 8 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of convey

: 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


con·vey | \ kən-ˈvā \
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 \
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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