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

During one mission locating IEDs in Helmand, his convoy was pinned down by gunfire. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Must Reads: At this L.A. supper club, refugees share food and memories of the lives they left behind," 31 May 2019 Records show that she was deported to Auschwitz on October 7, 1943, on convoy 60. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Tragic, Fascinating History of Santo Sospir," 13 Aug. 2018 Militants on Tuesday lobbed grenades and opened fire at a military convoy escorting election staffers and voting material in Baluchistan's district of Turbat, killing four troops. Fox News, "Suicide blast kills 31 as Pakistan holds general elections," 25 July 2018 Following the entry of more than 120 Russian military convoys into Ukraine last week, the US and its European allies appear to have reached a turning point in their response to the Ukrainian conflict. Amy Knight, The New York Review of Books, "Flight MH17: Will Russia Get Away With It?," 19 Nov. 2014 The year before there were rumors that soldiers burned a funeral convoy killing everyone inside. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "Mourning refugees risk a war zone to bury their dead at home," 20 June 2019 Last night, news broke that Kate Middleton and Prince William's police convoy was involved in an accident Monday afternoon as they were headed to a ceremony at Windsor Castle. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "William & Kate "Deeply Concerned" to Learn Their Police Escort Accidentally Hit a Pedestrian," 19 June 2019 In the southern province of Kandahar, a suicide car bomber targeted a NATO convoy in the district of Daman, killing 11 children who had rushed to the vehicles from a nearby school, local authorities said. Ehsanullah Amiri, WSJ, "Nine Journalists Among Dozens Killed by Kabul Bombs," 30 Apr. 2018 During the election campaign, Modi played up the threat of Pakistan, India’s Muslim-majority neighbor and archrival, especially after the suicide bombing of a paramilitary convoy in Kashmir on Feb. 14 that killed 40 Indian soldiers. Ashok Sharma, The Seattle Times, "India’s marathon election ends, vote count begins Thursday," 20 May 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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