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plural carts
: a heavy usually horse-drawn 2-wheeled vehicle used for farming or transporting freight
: a lightweight 2-wheeled vehicle drawn by a horse, pony, or dog
: a small wheeled vehicle see golf cart, grocery cart, shopping cart sense 1
: a table with wheels that is used especially for serving food
I make conversation after asking to look at the menu: That apple tart on the dessert cart—who made it, and what's in the crust?Corby Kummer
: a temporary record of items selected for purchase from an online vendor : shopping cart sense 2
You head back to your favorite Web shopping site, and the stuff you crammed in your cart last time is still there, waiting for you to buy it or dump it.Neil Randall


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carted; carting; carts

transitive verb

: to carry or convey in or as if in a cart
buses to cart the kids to and from schoolL. S. Gannett
: to take or drag away without ceremony or by force
usually used with off
they carted him off to jail
carter noun

Examples of cart in a Sentence

Noun a cart piled up with hay Verb We carted some dirt to the garden. I carted all the books home. He carted the bags away.
Recent Examples on the Web
Then, go ahead and add the Pencils Up Kit to your cart. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 22 Nov. 2023 Sheriff’s officials said the kidnapping didn’t occur because the child was strapped into the cart with a lap belt. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Nov. 2023 Note: select colors and prints are on sale, so pay close attention when adding your favorites to your cart. Anna Popp, Travel + Leisure, 18 Nov. 2023 Among many others, so are a troupe of self-flagellating monks, a cart of corpses, a vulgar French taunter and a Trojan rabbit. Jesse Green, New York Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Display the bottles on a festive bar cart or use them as the perfect hostess gift in a water carafe in a guest bedroom. 07 Pinecone Gift Toppers Dress up your gifts with these clever ideas for DIY pinecone decorations. Kaylei Fear, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Nov. 2023 Longridge has made a number of core capital improvements to spruce up the property, refurbishing the bunkers, installing a new irrigation system and redoing the cart path. Mike Dojc, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 And with more than 15 colors to choose from, don’t be surprised if you’re tempted to add more than one to your cart. Rebecca Martinson, Rolling Stone, 10 Nov. 2023 Silky-smooth intimates, cozy loungewear, and even a get-up worthy of a night out are all waiting to be added to your cart. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 9 Nov. 2023
Travis suffered a gruesome leg injury at the end of the opening quarter against North Alabama and was immediately carted off the field and rushed to a hospital. Laine Higgins, WSJ, 19 Nov. 2023 Four of the defendants are accused of demanding payments from John Doe 1, who operated a carting business, and allegedly threatening him with a bat and setting fire to the steps of his house. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 8 Nov. 2023 The defendants also allegedly rigged bids in the demolition and carting industries. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 8 Nov. 2023 At the speaker's office, where McCarthy's name had still been out front since his ouster last week, crews were seen carting boxes and artwork out of the stately suite in the Capitol. Compiled By Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 12 Oct. 2023 His leg was put in an air cast before he was carted off the field. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, 30 Sep. 2023 He was quickly carted off the field and ruled out of the game. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 19 Sep. 2023 The former Alabama running back stepped up immediately by scoring his first NFL touchdown on the snap after Chubb was carted to the locker room, then tacked on a 2-point conversion run as Cleveland took an 11-7 lead with 14:02 left in the first half. Mark Inabinett |, al, 18 Sep. 2023 He was eventually helped off the field and carted back to the locker room. oregonlive, 13 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History



Middle English, probably from Old Norse kartr; akin to Old English cræt cart

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cart was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cart.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a heavy two-wheeled wagon usually pulled by a horse
: a light usually two-wheeled vehicle
pony cart


2 of 2 verb
: to carry in or as if in a cart
carter noun

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