ferry

verb
fer·​ry | \ ˈfer-ē How to pronounce ferry (audio) , ˈfe-rē\
ferried; ferrying

Definition of ferry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to carry by boat over a body of water
b : to cross by a ferry
2a : to convey (as by aircraft or motor vehicle) from one place to another : transport
b : to fly (an airplane) from the factory or other shipping point to a designated delivery point or from one base to another

intransitive verb

: to cross water in a boat

ferry

noun
plural ferries

Definition of ferry (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a place where persons or things are carried across a body of water (such as a river) in a boat
2 : ferryboat
3 : a franchise or right to operate a ferry service across a body of water
4 : an organized service and route for flying airplanes especially across a sea or continent for delivery to the user

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Synonyms for ferry

Synonyms: Verb

bear, carry, cart, convey, haul, lug, pack, tote, transport

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Examples of ferry in a Sentence

Verb

The cars were ferried across the river. They ferry supplies to the island.

Noun

Ferries to both islands depart daily. You can get there by ferry. We'll meet you at the ferry.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The travelers reportedly waited for 12 hours for another Delta plane to pick them up and ferry them to safety. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "8 Emergency Landings That Rival the 'Miracle on the Hudson'," 15 Jan. 2019 Set on 17 acres of gardens, with a lobby designed by Gustave Eiffel (yes, that Eiffel) and a gorgeous glass funicular to ferry you to the pool, the hotel is on another level. Condé Nast Traveler, "La Compagnie Flight Deal: Business Class to the French Riviera for $1,200," 4 Dec. 2018 After a 48-minute tea behind closed doors, Mr. Trump departed for Marine One, the presidential helicopter that had ferried him to remote spots on London’s outskirts during his day-and-a-half stay to avoid the protests. New York Times, "Trump Brings His Own Style to a Day of Damage Control in Britain," 13 July 2018 People on the street cheered and clapped when ambulances ferrying them on the last leg of their journey from the cave arrived at a hospital in Chiang Rai city. BostonGlobe.com, "All 12 boys and their coach rescued from flooded Thailand cave," 10 July 2018 SpaceX has long had ambitions for ferrying wealthy tourists to the moon on its rockets. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Found a Passenger for Its Lunar Flight," 14 Sep. 2018 Shortly afterward, everyone else on the plane was knocked out by oxygen deprivation, unwittingly being ferried to their deaths. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Investigators insist MH370 crash was an accident, not a mass murder-suicide by pilot," 22 May 2018 Shortly afterward, everyone else on the plane was knocked out by oxygen deprivation, unwittingly being ferried to their deaths. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "Investigators insist MH370 crash was an accident, not a mass murder-suicide by the pilot," 22 May 2018 Amazon, Uber and other tech giants want to fill the skies with small autonomous aircraft ferrying packages and people from place to place. Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, "Here's What's Needed for Self-Flying Taxis and Delivery Drones to Really Take Off," 15 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Immediately after, the city's then-mayor Giorgio Orsoni limited the number of ferries and ordered that gondolas install rear-view mirrors and GPS systems. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Dead After Weekend Boating Accidents on Venice Canal," 6 Aug. 2018 The ferry launched in 1873, and was frequently overseen by Lee's wife Emma when her husband was visiting other wives. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Lees Ferry: Gateway to Grand Canyon rafting and the Colorado River," 9 July 2018 Clocks are scarce, so the ferries are our only indicators of the time of day. Zander Abranowicz, ELLE Decor, "A Modern Take on Greek Island Living in Serifos," 2 July 2018 Take the three lines that terminate in Port Richmond, a Staten Island ferry terminal. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "NYC Is Redesigning Its Ancient, Ponderous, and Unpopular Bus System," 24 Apr. 2018 The sinking of the Sewol ferry in 2014, a tragedy that killed more than 300, mostly high school students, was in many ways the beginning of the end of her authority as president. Matt Stiles, latimes.com, "Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye is sentenced to 24 years in prison," 6 Apr. 2018 On that day, the white supremacists are said to take the ferry over to commemorate the martyrdom of a hero to their cause. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "‘Bucolic’ Whidbey Island surprised at skinhead headlines — and recent Lynnwood assault," 31 Dec. 2018 For urbanites who travel frequently by ferry—hello there, New York City, Seattle, and San Francisco—this will be a welcome addition to your child’s library. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 17 best kids’ books about design and cities," 12 Dec. 2018 The airline attendants were also lovely—the actual connector took less than an hour and was easier than taking one of the available ferries. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Vacation Like a Royal in Nevis," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of ferry

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for ferry

Verb

Middle English ferien, from Old English ferian to carry, convey; akin to Old English faran to go — more at fare

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The first known use of ferry was before the 12th century

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ferry

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ferry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to carry or move (someone or something) on a vehicle (such as a boat or a car) usually for a short distance between two places

ferry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ferry (Entry 2 of 2)

: a place where a ferryboat operates

ferry

verb
fer·​ry | \ ˈfer-ē How to pronounce ferry (audio) \
ferried; ferrying

Kids Definition of ferry

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to carry by boat over a body of water
2 : to cross a body of water by a ferryboat
3 : to transport for a short distance

ferry

noun
plural ferries

Kids Definition of ferry (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : ferryboat
2 : a place where persons or things are ferried

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