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

Washington is also targeting Cuba's energy supply, imposing sanctions on the Venezuelan state and private freight companies that ferry increasingly intermittent shipments of oil and fuel. Author: Anthony Faiola, Anchorage Daily News, "As sanctions bite in Cuba, the U.S. — once a driver of hope — is now a source of pain," 24 June 2019 Iran responded by striking tankers—initially from Kuwait and later from other nations—that ferried Iraqi oil. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "A Tanker War in the Middle East—Again?," 14 June 2019 Greyhound offers trips daily, including express routes that ferry riders to Chicago in three hours, 15 minutes. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier State train is going away on July 1. Here's what it means for Indianapolis.," 30 May 2019 That museum commemorates a shipping company that ferried millions of immigrants to America in the late-18th and early-19th centuries, including Albert Einstein. Alexi Lubomirski; Fashion Editor: Joanna Hillman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Diane von Furstenberg Talks Bringing the New Statue of Liberty Museum to Life," 13 May 2019 The original reconstruction project called for a large-scale mitigation plan that included a fleet of buses ferrying displaced riders over the Williamsburg Bridge and a busway along 14th Street. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Nighttime, Weekend Commuters Will Still Be Affected by L Train Plan," 13 Feb. 2019 Amazon Prime customers can also have items ferried into their foyer or garage. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Can't wait for that delivery? Amazon, Rite Aid team up to make it easier to get packages," 4 Dec. 2018 The best bungalows are built on stilts overlooking the Tufi fjord, where the water is dotted with outriggers ferrying children, fish, and fruit. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "Navigating Tradition and Tourism in Papua New Guinea," 3 May 2018 These stories would allege that the company built its initial models of American voters with data ferried out of Facebook by an app built by a Cambridge psychology researcher. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Where Is Mark Zuckerberg?," 20 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Visitors can take a ferry from Marblehead to Kelleys Island and explore the Glacial Grooves State Memorial. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "You can get to these 10 unique road trip destinations from Indy in 5 hours or less," 3 July 2019 To get to Washington Island, take the ferry from Northport at the end of Highway 42 on the northern tip of the Door County peninsula. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Some of Wisconsin’s best parks are small county and city ones," 27 June 2019 After three days in London, the group took a six hour ferry to France. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "Houston-area schools visit Normandy for D-Day anniversary," 23 June 2019 Then take a ferry to Ellis Island and learn about New York’s rich history of immigration. National Geographic, "New York City High School Photography Workshop," 17 June 2019 Cycling, for example, one of the culture shocks in my trip was taking the ferry from England to France, which is only two hours, because that suddenly was a change in language. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, "Alastair Humphreys on Traveling the World at 10 MPH," 14 June 2019 Time your visit to take the ferry across Prince William Sound to Whittier. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Expecting summer visitors? These 3 trips will give them a great Alaska experience," 8 June 2019 Some things to see are the WWII Submarine and Destroyer Escort at Seawolf Park, the ferry landing, drilling rigs, the Tall Ship Elissa, and more. Houston Chronicle, "Get in touch with nature in Galveston," 14 June 2019 Many Hongkongers had a sentimental attachment to the old ferry pier. Antony Dapiran, CNN, "City of dissent: Hong Kong has a proud tradition of protesting to protect its unique identity," 14 June 2019

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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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