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 His beautiful women are less flesh and blood than a waltz of curlicues conveyed in a palette of greens, peach, and ocher — nature’s colors. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Art of Posters," 11 Jan. 2020 Ostrander acknowledges that current FSU guidelines might not convey that sense of vigilance. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Florida joins U.S. government in probing foreign ties of researchers," 9 Jan. 2020 The early warning came from intelligence sources as well as communications from Iraq, which conveyed Iran’s intentions to launch the strike, officials said. Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. officials knew Iranian missiles were coming hours in advance," 8 Jan. 2020 When the ferry came in, the tall man led her up its two metal staircases with their metal walls and diamond-plate treads, which still somehow conveyed the excitement of going to sea. Susan Choi, Harper's magazine, "The Whale Mother," 6 Jan. 2020 The extended takes seem to exist to crank up the tension of their mission, forcing the story to progress in real time and conveying the feeling of a ticking clock. David Sims, The Atlantic, "1917 Is a Visual Feat. That Doesn’t Mean It’s a Good Movie.," 3 Jan. 2020 That was the message four foreign exchange students conveyed to the Berea Board of Education at its Dec. 16 meeting. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Inbound foreign exchange students share experiences with Berea school board," 26 Dec. 2019 By holding its bargaining position as the losses from a strike mount, a firm can convey to a union that its arguments are rooted in reality. The Economist, "Belligerent unions are a sign of economic health," 7 Nov. 2019 Kasi Lemmons really got her, and made her this militant radical, while also conveying her love for her family. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "The True Story Behind the Harriet Tubman Movie," 30 Oct. 2019

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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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16 Jan 2020

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“Convey.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conveys. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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More Definitions for convey

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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