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, "In a Game of Diplomatic Warfare, This Negotiator Has the Upper Hand," 29 Sep. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After a quick flare pass, Claypool followed his convoy of three blockers – Conner, Vance McDonald and Trey Edmunds – into the end zone. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: 4-0 Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has no reason to whine about COVID-19 disruptions," 12 Oct. 2020 No one inside the convoy, including Zalum, was wounded. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "ISIS-linked Boko Haram dispatches bomb-strapped donkey to ambush state governor," 29 Sep. 2020 Small arms fire was also simulated near the convoy to test the reaction of the Lithuanians and Americans. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "NATO tightens coordination in Baltics as Russia looms: 'We're not gonna be fighting alone'," 25 Sep. 2020 Rodnenkov said the convoy halted in the no-man's land between the two borders. Sebastian Shukla And Caitlin Hu, CNN, "Belarus activists describe dramatic alleged abduction and last sighting of Maria Kolesnikova," 8 Sep. 2020 Some friends assumed that an ISIS convoy had been nearby, but the video showed nothing moving in the vicinity. Catherine Cusick, Longreads, "15 True Crime Longreads and the Questions We Should Ask Ourselves When Reading Them," 10 Aug. 2020 When the vineyard session concluded, the convoy traveled back to the winery, where Wright set up Justice Ginsburg with an assortment of wines based on their vineyard discussions. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Willamette Valley pinot noir loses a friend in Ruth Bader Ginsburg," 21 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile, submarines and aircraft searched the Barents Sea, pinpointing the convoy’s location. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "'Ghost Ships of Archangel’ is a harrowing retelling of the Arctic front of World War II," 12 Sep. 2020 Baylee Hudspeth, an 18-year-old freshman, lined up in a white Honda Civic with a gray cat in the front seat, her mother in a car behind her and her father in a U-Haul completing the convoy. Alia Malik, ExpressNews.com, "Most classes are online, but apartments won’t let UT San Antonio students break leases," 21 Aug. 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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Last Updated

6 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Convoy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/convoy. Accessed 30 Oct. 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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