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

Previous law allowed them to ferry passengers with up to .08 blood alcohol in their systems, the same level as most drivers. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "How many drinks is too many for your Uber or Lyft driver?," 3 July 2018 The painting features a large wooden ship sailing through the cosmos, ferrying passengers through starlit darkness. Ben Brazil, latimes.com, "Festival of Arts returns to Laguna Beach on Thursday," 3 July 2018 In October 2002, the cruise ship Crystal Harmony anchored outside Monterey Harbor, ferrying more than 900 passengers ashore for the day before continuing on its way to Acapulco, Mexico. San Francisco Chronicle, "federal laws didn’t prohibit discharges into the sanctuary," 2 June 2018 The North County Transit District’s Breeze buses were sent to ferry train passengers south to the next station, in Old Town. Pauline Repard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Pedestrian hit by train, killed, in Sorrento Valley," 5 May 2018 Uber drivers will hit the streets of New York City early Monday but not just to ferry passengers around. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "Uber drivers, feeling squeezed, plan to protest proposed regulations in NYC," 30 Apr. 2018 The Times equipe was ferried into the depths of the French countryside. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Remembers the Unparalleled Energy, Wicked Wit, and Insatiable Curiosity of Karl Lagerfeld," 20 Feb. 2019 As the person in charge of coordinating drug shipments for the cartel, Mr. Zambada offered jurors a detailed account of how massive amounts of cocaine and methamphetamines were ferried from Colombia through Mexico into U.S. cities. Nicole Hong, WSJ, "‘El Chapo’ Jury Told of Cartel’s Tricks, From Submarines to Laundry Carts," 3 Jan. 2019 Kim Kwang-ho, 79, was among some 14,000 refugees who were ferried to South Korea by the American freighter SS Meredith Victory in December 1950 in one of the world's largest humanitarian operations. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "'Dream or reality?' Koreans to meet after decades apart," 18 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

More than twice as many riders use the city’s ferries in the summer and early fall than in the winter and early spring, according to city records. Alexander Cohn, WSJ, "Diehard New York City Ferry Riders Go With the Flow, Even in the Frigid Winter," 28 Feb. 2019 Its level of incompetence may be gauged by the fact that the Transport Minister—cleverly planning ahead to ease disruption on either side of the British channel—has ordered a new ferry, from a company that turned out not to own such a boat. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "The Brexit Deadline Is Looming—Here’s How It Will Affect London Fashion Week," 14 Feb. 2019 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

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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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More Definitions for ferry

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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