convey

verb
con·​vey | \ kən-ˈvā How to pronounce convey (audio) \
conveyed; conveying

Definition of convey

transitive verb

1a : to bear from one place to another especially : to move in a continuous stream or mass
b : to impart or communicate by statement, suggestion, gesture, or appearance struggling to convey his feelings
c : to transfer or deliver (something, such as property) to another especially by a sealed writing
d : to cause to pass from one place or person to another convey a message
e(1) archaic : steal
(2) obsolete : to carry away secretly
2 obsolete : lead, conduct

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Examples of convey in a Sentence

To convey sympathy to a bereaved parent by telephone struck him as maladroit … — P. D. James, The Private Patient, 2008 … he conveys so much kindliness and benign authority that he is probably forgiven each time he directs a tuna-fish shopper into the thick of the English muffins. — Susan Orlean, New Yorker, 22 June 1992 Robyn was well aware that clothes do not merely serve the practical purpose of covering our bodies, but also convey messages about who we are, what we are doing, and how we feel. — David Lodge, Nice Work, 1990 … please convey to Mr. & Mrs. Langdon my love &respectful duty. — Mark Twain 28 Nov. 1868, in Mark Twain's Letters1990 The singer was conveyed from her hotel to the airport by limousine. They conveyed the goods by ship. The pipes convey water to the fields. The message conveyed a sense of urgency. He conveyed the estate to his son.
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First Known Use of convey

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for convey

Middle English, from Anglo-French conveer to accompany, escort, from Vulgar Latin *conviare, from Latin com- + via way — more at way

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“Convey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/convey. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for convey

convey

verb

English Language Learners Definition of convey

: to take or carry (someone or something) from one place to another : transport
: to make (something) known to someone
: to change the ownership of (property) from one person to another

convey

verb
con·​vey | \ kən-ˈvā How to pronounce convey (audio) \
conveyed; conveying

Kids Definition of convey

1 : to carry from one place to another : transport Pipes convey water. Travelers were conveyed to the airport by shuttle.
2 : to make known : communicate We use words to convey our thoughts.

convey

transitive verb
con·​vey | \ kən-ˈvā How to pronounce convey (audio) \
conveyed; conveying

Legal Definition of convey

: to transfer or transmit (property or property rights) to another especially by a writing (as a deed or will) agreed to convey to the estate his Manhattan town house— R. H. Jensen — compare alienate, devise, donate, give, grant, sell

Other Words from convey

conveyee \ kən-​ˌvā-​ˈē \ noun
conveyor \ kən-​ˈvā-​ər \ noun

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