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 Cars can convey a sense of freedom and movement, not to mention style and status. National Geographic, "The environmental impacts of cars, explained," 15 Sep. 2019 The message conveyed by both camps was that mum’s the word. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Progress not visible in talks between Rick Pitino and the U of L Athletic Association," 10 Sep. 2019 Shots of dough sizzling in a frypan and then being removed, golden brown, and drizzled with honey, convey the welcome delivery of a rare home comfort to a place where those are few. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'First Cow': Film Review | Telluride 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 For instance, reporting may convey that the entire census happens on one day, April 1, when in fact people will have from mid-March until the end of July to self-respond. Bill Lambrecht, ExpressNews.com, "Advocates push Census Bureau to prepare for security breaches, disinformation ahead of 2020 count," 30 Aug. 2019 The impassioned plea conveyed by letter writer Shelly Fowlkes in her commentary disturbed me very much because my every contact with Kaiser personnel has been represented by the highest level of professionalism. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: A fair deal at Kaiser; No need to renovate DIA; Keeping foreign automakers out of federal contracts (8/29/19)," 29 Aug. 2019 Midsommar feels even more ambitious, both in its construction and the ideas Aster is trying to convey. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Midsommar Makes Haunting Horror Out Of Sunlight & Flower Crowns," 28 June 2019 To that audience, their report reinforces a message U.S. business leaders have been trying to convey to Beijing: China can no longer take U.S. business-group support for granted. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "China’s Plan for Tech Dominance Is Advancing, Business Groups Say," 22 Jan. 2019 The President, by his own later admission, was aware that his aides were likely to convey the President's version of events to the grand jury. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Brett Kavanaugh, Trump and what the Starr Report says about impeachment, annotated," 11 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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The first known use of convey was in the 14th century

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convey

verb
How to pronounce convey (audio)

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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