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 Around noon that day our convoy was pulled over to the side along a narrow stretch of road, between two tall stands of trees. Bill Newcott, National Geographic, "‘We wandered around a bit, and then we saw the ovens. And we realized where that smell was coming from.’," 7 May 2020 According to several current and former Israeli and Middle Eastern officials, Israel has adopted a policy of warning Hezbollah operatives in Syria before bombing their convoys to avoid killing them and risking a devastating war in Lebanon. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "Warning Shots: Israel Spares Hezbollah Fighters to Avert a War," 22 Apr. 2020 Soleimani was killed in an airstrike on his convoy ordered by President Donald Trump on Thursday. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Pence says Iran's Qasem Soleimani aided 9/11 hijackers. Experts say that's not true," 6 Jan. 2020 The Observatory said a convoy consisting of 430 vehicles entered Syria since Friday night, raising the number of vehicles that entered Syria since last weekend to well over 1,000. Bloomberg.com, "Syrian Troops Gain More Ground From Rebels," 8 May 2020 The Perry-class frigates could operate as part of a carrier task force, act as a bodyguard for merchant convoys in dangerous waters, interdict drug shipments at sea, or show the flag during regional crises. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Looks To Europe for Its Next-Gen Frigate," 5 May 2020 On the long convoy runs, the sailors would be working around the clock on its vital maintenance. James G. Stavridis, New York Times, "What Was Life Like for Sailors During the Battle of the Atlantic?," 14 Apr. 2020 In Israel, organizers built a protest convoy of hundreds of cars after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu abruptly closed the courts. Micah L. Sifry, The New Republic, "The Vanishing Public Square," 6 Apr. 2020 Russian and Italian generals gathered around a map of the Italian peninsula, plotting the route of a Russian convoy. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "Viruspolitik at Play as Moscow Sends Soldiers to Help Italy," 31 Mar. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Convoy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/convoy. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for convoy

convoy

verb
How to pronounce convoy (audio) How to pronounce convoy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of convoy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : to travel with and protect (someone or something)

convoy

noun
How to pronounce convoy (audio)

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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