convey

verb
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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Other diktats caution against conveying any sense of Chinese superiority, or claims that China can easily crush America in a trade war. The Economist, "In its trade war with America, China dials down the hype," 12 July 2018 The plans take advantage of regulations on cluster subdivisions, which allow smaller lot sizes and minimum frontage in exchange for conveying at least 25 percent of a total parcel to the town as open space. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "Housing Development Proposed In Manchester Near Glastonbury Line," 12 July 2018 The Code Talkers conveyed messages by telephone and radio in their native language, a code that was never broken by the Japanese. Shondiin Silversmith, azcentral, "Navajo Code Talkers created an unbreakable code. It helped win World War II," 11 July 2018 Gilpin, conveying Debbie’s commingled rage and guilt, is hypnotic in the scene, equally furious at Ruth and at herself. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Love Story of Debbie and Ruth," 10 July 2018 To help convey the on-ride narrative, Disney closed off the sides and extended the coaster’s existing three tunnels. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disneyland's new Pixar Pier: Is it Incredible?," 10 July 2018 Jonathan Middleton Eastern Washington University Audio cues are effective at conveying a different kind of information than visual cues. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Symphony of the salmon: How scientists are learning by putting fish migration to music," 9 July 2018 In the flurry of diplomatic activity that followed, South Korean diplomats were the ones conveying Kim Jong Un’s desire to meet Trump. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "As Pompeo visits Pyongyang, South Korea quietly watches — and worries," 6 July 2018 There had obviously been discussions between Cousins's representatives and the Pelicans, reportedly with some financial specifics conveyed. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Facing a Harsh Free-Agency Reality, DeMarcus Cousins Embraces the Absurd," 3 July 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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More Definitions for convey

convey

verb

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

convey

verb
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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