convoy

verb
con·​voy | \ ˈkän-ˌvȯi How to pronounce convoy (audio) , kən-ˈvȯi How to pronounce convoy (audio) \
convoyed; convoying; convoys

Definition of convoy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: accompany especially : to escort for protection

convoy

noun
con·​voy | \ ˈkän-ˌvȯi How to pronounce convoy (audio) \

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 There are two types of pieces—armies and fleets—which can typically only do three things: move, hold still, or support another piece to move or hold (fleets can also convoy with armies to move them across bodies of water). William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, 29 Sep. 2020 Causeway police were convoying motorists on the southbound span when the series of crashes began. Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com, 11 Jan. 2018 The wreck happened while traffic was being convoyed by police because of fog. Carlie Kollath Wells, NOLA.com, 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, 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, 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, 15 Mar. 2018 The crashes occurred while police were convoying motorists in foggy conditions. Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com, 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, 18 Jan. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On the morning of June 1, 2004, Robirds was part of a convoy returning to an Army base about 100 miles north of Baghdad. oregonlive, 30 May 2021 This launch platform turns Songar into a mobile reconnaissance asset to locate targets, providing aerial overwatch for an armored formation, or flying ahead of a convoy. David Hambling, Forbes, 10 May 2021 Many of the occupants of the convoy are still unaccounted for -- one week later. Vasco Cotovio, Tim Lister And David Mckenzie, CNN, 3 Apr. 2021 Instead, the scene was of some 100 protesters clad in black egging and paint-balling a small convoy of the Proud Boys who passed through the Capitol mall on their way to an event that never materialized. Tim Gruver | The Center Square, Washington Examiner, 30 Mar. 2021 Other members of the convoy were injured, WFP said. Fox News, 23 Feb. 2021 Several other members of the seven-person convoy were injured, the WFP and the U.N. Operations and Crisis Centre said. Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, 22 Feb. 2021 Other members of the convoy were injured and taken to a hospital, WFP said. Star Tribune, 22 Feb. 2021 Like a convoy escort, the effective leader learned how to keep everyone together and moving forward. Greg Story, Forbes, 24 May 2021

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

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“Convoy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/convoy. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for convoy

convoy

verb

English Language Learners Definition of convoy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : 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 How to pronounce convoy (audio) \
plural convoys

Kids Definition of convoy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a group traveling together for protection

convoy

verb
con·​voy | \ ˈkän-ˌvȯi How to pronounce convoy (audio) , kən-ˈvȯi \
convoyed; convoying

Kids Definition of convoy (Entry 2 of 2)

: to travel with and protect

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