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

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

An elderly woman was seriously injured after being hit by a police convoy escorting Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Megan Marples And Erica Hernandez, CNN, "Quickly catch up on the day's news," 19 June 2019 Returnees need identification and family papers, which many left behind during their flight, and approval to travel in Syrian government convoys. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Refugees Become Pawns in Syria’s Bid for Foreign Aid," 27 July 2018 Before dawn on Monday, Mr. Abdeslam, who is French, and Mr. Ayari, a Tunisian, were removed from a high-security prison at Fleury-Mérogis, just south of Paris, and transported by police convoy to Brussels. Alissa J. Rubin And Milan Schreuer, New York Times, "Sole Surviving Suspect in Paris Attacks Stands Trial in Belgium," 5 Feb. 2018 The members of the convoy had been subject to an extraordinary injustice. David French, National Review, "Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s Acquittal Reminds Us to Never Rush to Judgment," 3 July 2019 One stone hit the head of a traditional leader from the neighbouring Butembo district, who was travelling in the convoy. Amy Maxmen, Scientific American, "Meet the Ebola Workers Battling a Virus in a War Zone," 1 July 2019 The woman, identified as Irene Mayor, was believed to be crossing the street when she was hit by a police motorbike at the front of the convoy. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Elderly Woman Injured in Collision with Prince William and Kate Middleton's Police Convoy," 19 June 2019 The very first scene, in fact, opens with MIB agents wresting possession of a convoy of undocumented migrants from border patrol, a scene that reads very differently in our current climate. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Even Tessa Thompson & Chris Hemsworth Can't Make MIB: International Memorable," 13 June 2019 The bus was part of a convoy of buses carrying members of the marching band and drill teams to Pullman. Charles H. Featherstone, The Seattle Times, "UW marching band thanks Grant County towns for help after charter bus overturned," 3 June 2019

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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

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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