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ferry

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verb fer·ry \ˈfer-ē, ˈfe-rē\

Definition of ferry

ferried

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ferrying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to carry by boat over a body of waterb :  to cross by a ferry

  3. 2a :  to convey (as by aircraft or motor vehicle) from one place to another :  transportb :  to fly (an airplane) from the factory or other shipping point to a designated delivery point or from one base to another

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to cross water in a boat

Examples of ferry in a Sentence

  1. The cars were ferried across the river.

  2. They ferry supplies to the island.

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Origin and Etymology of ferry

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

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ferry

noun fer·ry

Definition of ferry

plural

ferries

  1. 1 :  a place where persons or things are carried across a body of water (such as a river) in a boat

  2. 2 :  ferryboat

  3. 3 :  a franchise or right to operate a ferry service across a body of water

  4. 4 :  an organized service and route for flying airplanes especially across a sea or continent for delivery to the user

Examples of ferry in a Sentence

  1. Ferries to both islands depart daily.

  2. You can get there by ferry.

  3. We'll meet you at the ferry.

Recent Examples of ferry from the Web

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First Known Use of ferry

14th century

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FERRY Defined for English Language Learners

ferry

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verb

Definition of ferry for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of ferry for English Language Learners

  • : a place where a ferryboat operates


FERRY Defined for Kids

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ferry

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verb fer·ry \ˈfer-ē\

Definition of ferry for Students

ferried

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ferrying

  1. 1 :  to carry by boat over a body of water

  2. 2 :  to cross a body of water by a ferryboat

  3. 3 :  to transport for a short distance


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ferry

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noun fer·ry

Definition of ferry for Students

plural

ferries

  1. 1 :  ferryboat

  2. 2 :  a place where persons or things are ferried



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