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 In order to capture the mood and convey a sense of the occasion, the photographer took the image at dawn as their breath vaporized by the cold air. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, "Amazing Birds In Photos: 21 Finalists For Bird Photographer Of The Year," 4 Apr. 2021 Never mimicking Roosevelt, Streep nevertheless manages to convey an utterly persuasive sense of character and personality. BostonGlobe.com, "Ken Burns: many hours, special moments," 1 Apr. 2021 Bergman also aimed to convey a sense of self-involvement. Washington Post, "The top Trump impersonators are asking themselves: What now?," 16 Jan. 2021 Powers turned the night’s events into a play, drawing on historical research to convey an accurate sense of the men’s character and views without deifying or oversimplifying them. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The True History Behind ‘One Night in Miami’," 15 Jan. 2021 Still: Of the many Michiganders the Trump campaign trotted before state legislators early this month to air dubious allegations of electoral fraud, some worked hard to convey a sense of real gravity and sobriety. New York Times, "The Tactic of Our Time: Sound Urgent, Be Incomprehensible," 17 Dec. 2020 With four directional microphones and a sampling rate of 48KHz 16-bit, the M2 Max has high-resolution audio that can better convey small volume changes and voice inflections. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, "Larger Speakerphones Will Be Essential In Post-Pandemic Offices," 15 Apr. 2021 His Bantu-speaking ethnic group is renowned for vibrant traditional clothing, and colorful house paintings with symbolic patterns that convey unique meanings within the community. Nimi Princewill, CNN, ""I'm always chased away and victimized," says shopper told his traditional clothing is 'indecent' in South Africa mall," 26 Mar. 2021 But in 2017 the group, now headed by Springfield, held an international design competition to remake the plaza and create a more demonstrative memorial that would convey the story of Milk and his legacy. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, "A Harvey Milk memorial is in the works for the Castro - again," 22 Feb. 2021

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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 18 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for convey

convey

verb

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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