convoy

verb
con·voy | \ ˈkän-ˌvȯi , kən-ˈvȯi \
convoyed; convoying; convoys

Definition of convoy 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: accompany especially : to escort for protection

convoy

noun
con·voy | \ ˈkän-ˌvȯi \

Definition of convoy (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one that convoys especially : a protective escort (as for ships)

2 : the act of convoying

3 : a group convoyed or organized for convenience or protection in moving

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Examples of convoy in a Sentence

Verb

The tankers were convoyed by warships. Police and FBI agents convoyed the President to the White House.

Noun

a long convoy of trucks The President always travels in a convoy.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Causeway police were convoying motorists on the southbound span when the series of crashes began. Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com, "Watch motorist ram Causeway truck in crossover," 11 Jan. 2018 The wreck happened while traffic was being convoyed by police because of fog. Carlie Kollath Wells, NOLA.com, "Southbound Lake Pontchartrain Causeway closed because of wreck," 11 Jan. 2018 After just over an hour convoying around Riyadh, they were arrested, then were freed to their male guardians within 24 hours. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "Saudi women on motorcycles signal new road ahead for the kingdom," 3 May 2018 Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross managed to send a joint relief agencies convoy with aid for thousands of displaced into another part of eastern Ghouta, the town of Douma, the ICRC said. Phillip Issa, chicagotribune.com, "Syria marks 7 years of war; thousands leave besieged enclave of eastern Ghouta," 15 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross managed to send a joint relief agencies convoy with aid for thousands of displaced into another part of eastern Ghouta, the town of Douma, the ICRC said. Fox News, "Syria marks 7 years of war; hundreds leave besieged enclave," 15 Mar. 2018 The crashes occurred while police were convoying motorists in foggy conditions. Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com, "Causeway chaos: 7 crashes and a 90-minute closure mar morning commute," 11 Jan. 2018 Bridge crews opened the second lane on the southbound bridge Thursday afternoon (Jan. 18) around 4:30 p.m., though police were convoying motorists until traffic cones could be removed from the span. Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com, "Causeway now fully open in both directions," 18 Jan. 2018 Southbound traffic was being convoyed and northbound traffic was restricted to 45 mph in the right lane only. Carlie Kollath Wells, NOLA.com, "Dense fog advisory issued Friday for metro New Orleans, North Shore," 22 Dec. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Late Friday, police permitted one convoy of ambulances to drive the wounded to a nearby hospital but kept the rest of the students penned inside until Saturday. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Two killed as pro-government militia traps protesters in Nicaraguan church," 14 July 2018 The action came after numerous residents who live nearby and others again vented at a commission meeting about the St. Johns River Water Management District’s plan to unleash convoys of trucks into the rural area with abundant wildlife. Jerry Fallstrom, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lake imposes weight limits on trucks in response to massive sand-removal plan," 12 July 2018 On Thursday, the United Nations said it had been forced to halt convoys carrying relief from Jordan to Syria because of the fighting. New York Times, "Syrian Assault Flouts U.S.-Backed Cease-Fire and Sets Off New Exodus," 29 June 2018 After cutting the ceremonial ribbon, dignitaries and residents tested the new trail, creating a convoy of bicyclists, walkers and people on scooters. Luke Money, latimes.com, "Costa Mesa officials celebrate completion of Arlington Drive renovation," 18 May 2018 On Monday, May 14, a small convoy of military vehicles was delivered to the Precinct 1 yard in Raywood. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "High-water rescue vehicles delivered to Liberty County in time for hurricane season," 17 May 2018 Tuscania stopped in Halifax, Canada to join a convoy of 14 American ships before crossing the Atlantic. Richard Kurin, Smithsonian, "A Hundred-Year-Old Handmade American Flag Flies Home… to Scotland," 30 Apr. 2018 Earlier on Friday, a bombing at a campaign convoy of an Islamist party in the north western town of Bannu killed at least four people. Saeed Shah, WSJ, "Deadly Bombings and Ex-Leader’s Arrest Roil Pakistan Before Vote," 13 July 2018 At least nine ambulances and a convoy of other vehicles were at the cave site Tuesday. Time, "Divers Begin Third Mission to Free Remaining Boys Trapped in a Flooded Thai Cave," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of convoy

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for convoy

Verb

Middle English, from Middle French convoier, from Old French conveier, from Vulgar Latin *conviare — more at convey

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aid/relief convoy

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The first known use of convoy was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for convoy

convoy

verb

English Language Learners Definition of convoy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to travel with and protect (someone or something)

convoy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of convoy (Entry 2 of 2)

: a group of vehicles or ships that are traveling together usually for protection

convoy

noun
con·voy | \ ˈkän-ˌvȯi \
plural convoys

Kids Definition of convoy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a group traveling together for protection

convoy

verb
con·voy | \ ˈkän-ˌvȯi , kən-ˈvȯi \
convoyed; convoying

Kids Definition of convoy (Entry 2 of 2)

: to travel with and protect

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