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Meaning of carry by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Middle English carrien from Anglo-Norman carier ( modern French: charrier ). Replaced native Middle English ferien "to carry, transport, convey" ( from Old English ferian ) and Middle English aberen "to carry, bear, endure" ( from Old English āberan ) .


    • enPR: kărʹē, IPA: /ˈke.ɹi/, /kæ.ɹi/, SAMPA: /"k{ri/
    • Rhymes: -æri
    • Homophone: Carrie, Cary, Carey


    to carry ( third-person singular simple present carries present participle carrying, simple past and past participle carried )

    1. ( transitive ) To lift ( something ) and take it to another place; to transport ( something ) by lifting .
    2. ( transitive ) To stock or supply ( something ) .
      The corner drugstore doesn't carry his favorite brand of aspirin .
    3. ( transitive ) To adopt ( something ); take ( something ) over .
      I think I can carry Smith's work while she is out .
    4. ( transitive ) To adopt or resolve upon, especially in a deliberative assembly; as, to carry a motion .
    5. ( transitive ) ( arithmetic ) In an addition, to transfer the quantity in excess of what is countable in the units in a column to the column immediately to the left in order to be added there .
      Five and nine are fourteen; carry the one to the tens place .
    6. ( transitive ) To have or maintain ( something ) .
      Always carry sufficient insurance to protect against a loss .
    7. ( intransitive ) To be transmitted; to travel .
      The sound of the bells carried for miles on the wind .
    8. ( transitive, nautical ) to capture a ship by coming alongside and boarding




    carry ( plural: carries )

    1. A manner of transporting or lifting something; the grip or position in which something is carried .
      Adjust your carry from time to time so that you don't tire too quickly .
    2. ( computing ) The bit or digit that is carried in an addition .

    Derived terms


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Explanation of carry by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. be pregnant with

    2. I am carrying his child
    3. continue or extend

    4. The civil war carried into the neighboring province
    5. include, as on a list

    6. How many people are carried on the payroll?
    7. sing or play against other voices or parts

    8. He cannot carry a tune
    9. serve as a means for expressing something

    10. The painting of Mary carries motherly love
      His voice carried a lot of anger
    11. pass on a communication

    12. The news was carried to every village in the province
    13. be successful in

    14. She lost the game but carried the match
    15. win in an election

    16. The senator carried his home state
    17. secure the passage or adoption ( of bills and motions )

    18. The motion carried easily
    19. cover a certain distance or advance beyond

    20. The drive carried to the green
    21. have a certain range

    22. This rifle carries for 3,000 feet
    23. be able to feed

    24. This land will carry ten cows to the acre
    25. drink alcohol without showing ill effects

    26. he had drunk more than he could carry
    27. bear or be able to bear the weight, pressure,or responsibility of

    28. His efforts carried the entire project
      How many credits is this student carrying?
      We carry a very large mortgage
    29. propel or give impetus to

    30. propel,

    31. Carry the ball
    32. move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body

    33. You must carry your camping gear
      carry the suitcases to the car
      This train is carrying nuclear waste
      These pipes carry waste water into the river
    34. support or hold in a certain manner

    35. He carried himself upright
    36. bear ( a crop )

    37. this land does not carry olives
    38. include as the content

    39. This paper carries a restaurant review
      All major networks carried the press conference
    40. pursue a line of scent or be a bearer

    41. the dog was taught to fetch and carry
    42. transfer ( a number, cipher, or remainder ) to the next column or unit's place before or after, in addition or multiplication

    43. put down 5 and carry 2
    44. transmit or serve as the medium for transmission

    45. Sound carries well over water
      The airwaves carry the sound
    46. transfer ( entries ) from one account book to another

    47. have on hand

    48. Do you carry kerosene heaters?
    49. capture after a fight

    50. The troops carried the town after a brief fight
    51. have on the surface or on the skin

    52. carry scars
    53. behave in a certain manner

    54. She carried herself well
    55. take further or advance

    56. carry a cause
    57. compensate for a weaker part

    Definition of carry by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Carry v. t. [imp. & p. p. Carried ; p. pr. & vb. n. Carrying.] [OF. carier, charier, F. carrier, to cart, from OF. car, char, F. car, car. See Car.]
      1. To convey or transport in any manner from one place to another; to bear; -- often with away or off.

      When he dieth he shall carry nothing away. Ps. xiix. 17.

      Devout men carried Stephen to his burial. Acts viii, 2.

      Another carried the intelligence to Russell. Macaulay.

      The sound will be carried, at the least, twenty miles. Bacon.

      2. To have or hold as a burden, while moving from place to place; to have upon or about one's person; to bear; as, “to carry a wound; to carry an unborn child”.

      If the ideas . . . were carried along with us in our minds. Locke.

      3. To move; to convey by force; to impel; to conduct; to lead or guide.

      Go, carry Sir John Falstaff to the Fleet. Shak.

      He carried away all his cattle. Gen. xxxi. 18.

      Passion and revenge will carry them too far. Locke.

      4. To transfer from one place ( as a country, book, or column ) to another; as, “to carry the war from Greece into Asia; to carry an account to the ledger; to carry a number in adding figures”.

      5. To convey by extension or continuance; to extend; as, “to carry the chimney through the roof; to carry a road ten miles farther”.

      6. To bear or uphold successfully through conflict, as a leader or principle; hence, to succeed in, as in a contest; to bring to a successful issue; to win; as, “to carry an election”. “The greater part carries it.” Shak.

      The carrying of our main point. Addison.

      7. To get possession of by force; to capture.

      The town would have been carried in the end. Bacon.

      8. To contain; to comprise; to bear the aspect of ; to show or exhibit; to imply.

      He thought it carried something of argument in it. Watts.

      It carries too great an imputation of ignorance. Lacke.

      9. To bear ( one's self ); to behave, to conduct or demean; -- with the reflexive pronouns.

      He carried himself so insolently in the house, and out of the house, to all persons, that he became odious. Clarendon.

      10. To bear the charges or burden of holding or having, as stocks, merchandise, etc., from one time to another; as, “a merchant is carrying a large stock; a farm carries a mortgage; a broker carries stock for a customer; to carry a life insurance”.

      Carry arms ( Mil. Drill ), a command of the Manual of Arms directing the soldier to hold his piece in the right hand, the barrel resting against the hollow of the shoulder in a nearly perpendicular position. In this position the soldier is said to stand, and the musket to be held, at carry. -- To carry all before one, to overcome all obstacles; to have uninterrupted success. -- To carry arms To bear weapons. To serve as a soldier. -- To carry away. ( Naut. ) to break off; to lose; as, to carry away a fore-topmast. To take possession of the mind; to charm; to delude; as, to be carried by music, or by temptation. -- To carry coals, to bear indignities tamely, a phrase used by early dramatists, perhaps from the mean nature of the occupation. Halliwell. -- To carry coals to Newcastle, to take things to a place where they already abound; to lose one's labor. -- To carry off To remove to a distance. To bear away as from the power or grasp of others. To remove from life; as, “the plague carr
      ied off thousands”. -- To carry on To carry farther; to advance, or help forward; to continue; as, “to carry on a design”. To manage, conduct, or prosecute; as, “to carry on husbandry or trade”. -- To carry out. To bear from within. To put into execution; to bring to a successful issue. To sustain to the end; to continue to the end. -- To carry through. To convey through the midst of. To support to the end; to sustain, or keep from falling, or being subdued. “Grace will carry us . . . through all difficulties.” Hammond. To complete; to bring to a successful issue; to succeed. -- To carry up, to convey or extend in an upward course or direction; to build. -- To carry weight. To be handicapped; to have an extra burden, as when one rides or runs. “He carries weight, he rides a race” Cowper. To have influence.

    2. Carry, v. i.
      1. To act as a bearer; to convey anything; as, “to fetch and carry”.

      2. To have propulsive power; to propel; as, “a gun or mortar carries well”.

      3. To hold the head; -- said of a horse; as, “to carry well i”. e., to hold the head high, with arching neck.

      4. ( Hunting ) To have earth or frost stick to the feet when running, as a hare. Johnson.

      To carry on, to behave in a wild, rude, or romping manner. [Colloq.]

    3. Carry n.; pl. Carries A tract of land, over which boats or goods are carried between two bodies of navigable water; a carrying place; a portage. [U.S.]