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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Creative expression tends to happen on a spectrum between reality and the sublime—conveying hopes and aspirations while also drawing attention to difficult truths. Kristina O’neill, WSJ, "WSJ. Magazine Editor’s Letter: The Long View," 2 May 2019 Witherspoon's Madeline outfits her beachfront abode with clean, transitional pieces that blend seamlessly with her heirlooms, while Dern's Renata lets design convey her career woman aesthetic, hard edges and Kondo-esque organization. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Big Little Lies Season 2 Brings Back Our Favorites Ladies—and Great Decor," 16 Apr. 2019 Turkey’s request for air cover, the sharing of intelligence and other military support was conveyed to Gen. Dunford in late December with his Turkish counterpart. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "Turkey Seeks Major U.S. Military Support to Adopt Fight in Syria," 4 Jan. 2019 Chazelle and his collaborators are intent on conveying the risk in space exploration in a way that feels immediate and real. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "First Man is one of the most intense space movies of all time," 12 Sep. 2018 If the patient sees changes that need to be made while wearing the temp teeth, that can be conveyed to the lab. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "What to Consider Before Getting Veneers on Your Teeth," 28 Feb. 2019 Their motives for doing so vary, from seeking to sway public opinion and politicians, to conveying their own values to current and future employees, to signaling to customers what values the brand stands for. ... Aaron K. Chatterji And Michael W. Toffel, WSJ, "The Right and Wrong Way to Do ‘CEO Activism’," 22 Feb. 2019 The counselor, according to the report, asked that man to convey to Lynch that the meeting was a bad idea. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Chatty ex-president, wary AG: Report details Sky Harbor meeting between Clinton and Lynch," 14 June 2018 That was the message Assistant Superintendent Jeff Grosse conveyed to the Berea Board of Education on Monday night. Beth Mlady, cleveland.com, "Berea school board gets update on new high school, locker survey results," 17 Apr. 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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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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