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 Celebratory songs have given way to tracks that convey hopefulness and togetherness. Steve Knopper, Billboard, "Music On TV: What Works Now," 19 Oct. 2020 The aim is to convey the sensory experience of the city and to capture the rich landscape of black social life. Annette Gordon-reed, The New York Review of Books, "Rebellious History," 6 Oct. 2020 Progressive has tried not to be too optimistic in its ads, avoiding uplifting music that might convey the end of the crisis is in sight. Suzanne Vranica, WSJ, "Coronavirus Upended Advertising. Here’s How Brands From Progressive Insurance to Budweiser Responded.," 3 Oct. 2020 E-6Bs, which are based on Boeing 707s, are essentially communication relay stations built to receive military orders from the president of the US and the secretary of defense, and then convey those commands to US ballistic missile submarines. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Those ‘Doomsday Planes' Have Nothing to Do With Trump's Covid-19 Test," 2 Oct. 2020 Althoff said cannabis retailers convey the law to out-of-state purchasers with signage. Greg Bishop, Washington Examiner, "Cannabis sales in Illinois to out-of-state residents nearly doubles," 24 Sep. 2020 The engrossing, often riveting book is organized by geographic area, with powerfully insightful essays that convey the distinctiveness and diversity of each region. Elizabeth Lund, The Christian Science Monitor, "Native American poetry anthology vibrates with powerful voices," 16 Sep. 2020 Like-minded small cities and low-density areas throughout the U.S., like Sedona, Palm Springs, and Asheville, and up north, like Canada's Niagara Falls, have adopted similar pledges that succinctly convey regional solidarity and uniform standards. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Cities Across the U.S. Are Signaling Safety to Visitors," 14 Sep. 2020 This was the tool that could adequately convey the highs and lows, the strife and triumph and the hope and desperation of living as a Black American. Tari Ngangura, Longreads, "A Lover’s Blues: The Unforgettable Voice of Margie Hendrix," 3 Sep. 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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22 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Convey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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


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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