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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The message came as thousands of truckers are expected to convoy from various locations to the nation's capital. Fox News, 23 Feb. 2022 New Glasgow's town crier James Stewart recounted the story: During World War I, Halifax ported ships that were getting ready to convoy across the Atlantic. Emily D'alessandro, CBS News, 25 Dec. 2021 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ukrainian investigators said a convoy of five cars reached the village of Staryi Saltiv — then still contested area between the Ukrainians and Russians. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 According to police, the lead vehicle bolted when officers tried stopping a convoy of the ATVs traveling up Northside Drive. Matt Bruce, ajc, 20 May 2022 Ukrainian investigators said a convoy of five cars reached the village of Staryi Saltiv - then still contested area between the Ukrainians and Russians. Isabelle Khurshudyan And Sudarsan Raghavan, Anchorage Daily News, 20 May 2022 Both sides have drawn lessons from Russia’s failed advance in late February on Kyiv, where a 40-mile-long convoy of Russian armor was smashed by stealthy Ukrainian anti-tank teams and precise artillery and drone strikes. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 May 2022 The protest, captured in online videos, involved a convoy of about 20 vehicles, according to the California Highway Patrol. Ricardo Cano, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Apr. 2022 Satellite images released by the U.S. space technology firm Maxar Technologies showed an eight-mile convoy of Russian military vehicles heading through eastern Ukraine. Harold Maass, The Week, 11 Apr. 2022 The first convoy of ships carrying Ukrainian grain sailed from the port of Odessa, in a sign that last month’s agreement with Russia on facilitating Ukrainian food exports is holding even as fighting raged across the country. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 As a convoy of armored vehicles made its way up a dusty road, children emerged to stand at the fence amid garbage. New York Times, 19 July 2022 See More

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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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“Convoy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/convoy. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for convoy

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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