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

transitive verb

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

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. See More
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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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Cite this Entry

“Convey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


con·​vey kən-ˈvā How to pronounce convey (audio)
conveyed; conveying
: to carry from one place to another : transport
: to serve as a way of carrying
pipes convey water
: to make known : communicate
using words to convey ideas

Legal Definition


transitive verb
con·​vey kən-ˈvā How to pronounce convey (audio)
conveyed; conveying
: 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 houseR. H. Jensen
compare alienate, devise, donate, give, grant, sell

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