Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of carrying something
  2. (verb, body) be pregnant with
    The are expecting another child in January
    I am carrying his child
  3. (verb, change) continue or extend
    The disease extended into the remote mountain provinces
  4. (verb, cognition) include, as on a list
  5. (verb, communication) sing or play against other voices or parts
  6. (verb, communication) serve as a means for expressing something
    His voice carried a lot of anger
  7. (verb, communication) pass on a communication
  8. (verb, competition) be successful in
  9. (verb, competition) win in an election
  10. (verb, competition) secure the passage or adoption (of bills and motions)
  11. (verb, competition) cover a certain distance or advance beyond
  12. (verb, competition) have a certain range
  13. (verb, consumption) be able to feed
  14. (verb, consumption) drink alcohol without showing ill effects
    he had drunk more than he could carry
  15. (verb, contact) bear or be able to bear the weight, pressure,or responsibility of
    How many credits is this student carrying?
    We carry a very large mortgage
  16. (verb, contact) propel or give impetus to
  17. (verb, contact) propel,
    dribble the ball
  18. (verb, contact) move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body
    carry the suitcases to the car
    This train is carrying nuclear waste
    These pipes carry waste water into the river
  19. (verb, contact) support or hold in a certain manner
    He carried himself upright
  20. (verb, creation) bear (a crop)
  21. (verb, creation) include as the content; broadcast or publicize
    This paper carries a restaurant review
    All major networks carried the press conference
  22. (verb, motion) pursue a line of scent or be a bearer
  23. (verb, motion) transfer (a number, cipher, or remainder) to the next column or unit's place before or after, in addition or multiplication
  24. (verb, motion) transmit or serve as the medium for transmission
    The airwaves carry the sound
    Many metals conduct heat
  25. (verb, possession) transfer (entries) from one account book to another
  26. (verb, possession) have on hand
  27. (verb, possession) capture after a fight
  28. (verb, possession) have on the surface or on the skin
  29. (verb, social) behave in a certain manner
    he bore himself with dignity
    They conducted themselves well during these difficult times
  30. (verb, social) take further or advance
  31. (verb, social) compensate for a weaker partner or member by one's own performance
  32. (verb, social) extend to a certain degree
    She carries her ideas to the extreme
  33. (verb, social) win approval or support for
    His speech did not sway the voters
  34. (verb, stative) be equipped with (a mast or sail)
  35. (verb, stative) be necessarily associated with or result in or involve
  36. (verb, stative) have or possess something abstract
    I will carry the secret to my grave
    I carry these thoughts in the back of my head
    I carry a lot of life insurance
  37. (verb, stative) keep up with financial support
  38. (verb, stative) contain or hold; have within
    The canteen holds fresh water
    This can contains water
  39. (verb, stative) have with oneself; have on one's person
    I always carry money
    She packs a gun when she goes into the mountains
  40. (verb, stative) be conveyed over a certain distance
  41. (verb, stative) have as an inherent or characteristic feature or have as a consequence
    The loan carries a high interest rate
    this undertaking carries many dangers
    She carries her mother's genes
    These bonds carry warrants
    The restaurant carries an unusual name

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Carry

  1. c.1320, from Anglo-Fr. carier "to transport in a vehicle," from Gallo-Romance *carrizare, from L.L. carricare, from L. carrum (see car). Sense of "gain victory in an election" is from 1619. Carrier "person or animal that carries and disseminates infection without suffering obvious disease" is from 1899; genetic sense is 1933. As a short form o… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Carry

caesar, caesarea, caesura, cager, cairo, car, caraway, care, career, carew, carrere, carrier, carry away, carya, cascara, cashier, cassirer, cassiri, cassowary, causerie, cer, cere, cero, chair

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