con·vey | \kən-ˈvā \
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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But the always-candid Lena Dunham just showed us a celebrity’s perspective of how images that spotlight weight loss and gain usually don't convey the whole story. Blake Bakkila,, "Lena Dunham Gained 24 Pounds—and Is Happier Than Ever," 10 July 2018 It is sometimes claimed that words convey just 7% of meaning, and that body language and tone of voice do the rest. The Economist, "What Koko the gorilla could and couldn’t do," 5 July 2018 Though skeptics questioned some of the sentiments attributed to her, there was no doubt that Koko conveyed the emotional depth and intelligence of animals., "Today: Blurred Lines at the Border," 22 June 2018 But Juarez said the simple statement from immigration officials doesn’t convey the whole story. Lisa Maria Garza,, "Wife of Marine veteran in Polk County facing deportation," 16 June 2018 His body language didn’t convey relief, exuberance, or even satisfaction. Ben Golliver,, "Kevin Durant's Déjà Vu Dagger Caps the Best Game of His Life," 7 June 2018 This practice conveys a message that Down syndrome is pathological, something to be avoided. Chris Kaposy, STAT, "Children with Down syndrome live good lives. Prenatal testing shouldn’t nudge parents toward pregnancy termination," 18 May 2018 Palestinian officials say Saudi intermediaries have conveyed details of US peace proposals that strongly favor Israel. Aya Batrawy And Jon Gambrell, The Christian Science Monitor, "Gulf Arab states support Palestinians, but also form subtle ties to Israel," 16 May 2018 Liberals, who decry entrenched privilege at home, seem strangely OK with a British aristocracy that conveys titles and estates through bloodlines. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "Donald Trump, Meghan Markle, and America’s enduring obsession with the British royals," 12 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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English Language Learners Definition of convey

: 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 \
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 \
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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