carry

When you carry something, you hold it and take it somewhere. When you live in a walk-up apartment, you have to carry bags of groceries up several flights of stairs.

You carry armfuls of books home from the library, or carry your new puppy when she gets tired on a long walk. You might also carry friends in your car, or carry plenty of cash in your wallet. In any of these cases, you're transporting something. If you're ill and can spread germs to other people, a doctor might say that you carry an infectious disease. The words carry and car share a common Latin root, carrum, "two-wheeled chariot."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: carry

1
vn
move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body
the act of carrying something
2
v
transmit or serve as the medium for transmission
3
v
drink alcohol without showing ill effects
4
v
continue or extend
5
v
be necessarily associated with or result in or involve
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: carry
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v move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body

“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”
Synonyms:
transport
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shoulder
carry a burden, either real or metaphoric
port
carry or hold with both hands diagonally across the body, especially of weapons
bear
move while holding up or supporting
bucket
carry in a bucket
return
make a return
pipe in
transport to a destiny through pipes
port
carry, bear, convey, or bring
porter
carry luggage or supplies
pack
carry, as on one's back
cart
transport something in a cart
fly
transport by aeroplane
haul
transport in a vehicle
lug, tote, tug
carry with difficulty
chariot
transport in a chariot
bring, convey, take
take something or somebody with oneself somewhere
fetch
take away or remove
frogmarch
carry someone against his will upside down such that each limb is held by one person
airlift, lift
fly people or goods to or from places not accessible by other means
piggyback
haul by railroad car
piggyback
haul truck trailers loaded with commodities on railroad cars
transit
cause or enable to pass through
ferry
transport from one place to another
bring back, return, take back
bring back to the point of departure
tube
convey in a tube
whisk
move somewhere quickly
channel, conduct, convey, impart, transmit
transmit or serve as the medium for transmission
land
bring ashore
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v have with oneself; have on one's person

“I always carry money”
Synonyms:
pack, take
Type of:
feature, have
have as a feature

v contain or hold; have within

“The jar carries wine”
Synonyms:
bear, contain, hold
contain, hold, take
be capable of holding or containing
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retain
hold back within
confine, enclose, hold in
close in; darkness enclosed him"
border, bound
form the boundary of; be contiguous to
embank
enclose with banks, as for support or protection
rail, rail in
enclose with rails
box in, box up
enclose or confine as if in a box
frame
enclose in a frame, as of a picture
Type of:
include
have as a part, be made up out of

v have on hand

“Do you carry kerosene heaters?”
Synonyms:
stock, stockpile
Type of:
have, have got, hold
have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense

v propel, "Carry the ball"

Synonyms:
dribble
Type of:
hit
cause to move by striking

v have or possess something abstract

“I carry her image in my mind's eye”
“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”
Synonyms
pack, take
have with oneself; have on one's person
Type of:
have, have got, hold
have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense

v have on the surface or on the skin

carry scars”
Type of:
bear
have

v transfer (entries) from one account book to another

Synonyms:
post
Type of:
transfer
move from one place to another

v transfer (a number, cipher, or remainder) to the next column or unit's place before or after, in addition or multiplication

“put down 5 and carry 2”
Synonyms
post
transfer (entries) from one account book to another
Type of:
shift, transfer
move around

v pursue a line of scent or be a bearer

“the dog was taught to fetch and carry
Type of:
follow
to travel behind, go after, come after

v propel or give impetus to

Synonyms
transport
move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body
Type of:
impel, propel
cause to move forward with force

v cover a certain distance or advance beyond

“The drive carried to the green”
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v be pregnant with

“I am carrying his child”
Synonyms:
bear, expect, gestate, have a bun in the oven
bear, birth, deliver, give birth, have
cause to be born
expect
look forward to the birth of a child
Type of:
bear, birth, deliver, give birth, have
cause to be born

n the act of carrying something

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backpacking, packing
carrying something in a pack on the back
piggyback
the act of carrying something piggyback
fireman's carry
the act of carrying a person over your shoulder
portage
carrying boats and supplies overland
porterage
the transportation of burdens by porters
Type of:
conveyance, transfer, transferral, transport, transportation
the act of moving something from one location to another
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v transmit or serve as the medium for transmission

“Sound carries well over water”
“The airwaves carry the sound”
Synonyms:
channel, conduct, convey, impart, transmit
convey, express
serve as a means for expressing something
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wash up
carry somewhere (of water or current or waves)
pipe in
bring in through pipes
bring in
transmit
retransmit
transmit again
Type of:
bring, convey, take
take something or somebody with oneself somewhere

v pass on a communication

“The news was carried to every village in the province”
Synonyms
transport
move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body
Type of:
communicate, pass, pass along, pass on, put across
transmit information

v have a certain range

“This rifle carries for 3,000 feet”
Type of:
feature, have
have as a feature

v take further or advance

carry a cause”
Type of:
advance, boost, encourage, further, promote
contribute to the progress or growth of

v be conveyed over a certain distance

“Her voice carries very well in this big opera house”
Synonyms
channel, conduct, convey, impart, transmit
transmit or serve as the medium for transmission
Type of:
range
have a range; be capable of projecting over a certain distance, as of a gun

v include as the content; broadcast or publicize

“This paper carries a restaurant review”
“All major networks carried the press conference”
Synonyms:
run
Type of:
broadcast, circularise, circularize, circulate, diffuse, disperse, disseminate, distribute, pass around, propagate, spread
cause to become widely known

v extend to a certain degree

carry too far”
“She carries her ideas to the extreme”
Type of:
effect
act so as to bring into existence

v serve as a means for expressing something

“The painting of Mary carries motherly love”
“His voice carried a lot of anger”
Synonyms:
convey, express
channel, conduct, convey, impart, transmit
transmit or serve as the medium for transmission
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measure, quantify
express as a number or measure or quantity
gauge
measure precisely and against a standard
scale
measure with or as if with scales
meter
measure with a meter
pace, step
measure (distances) by pacing
clock, time
measure the time or duration of an event or action or the person who performs an action in a certain period of time
fathom, sound
measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line
titrate
measure by (the volume or concentration of solutions) by titration
plumb
measure the depth of something
librate, weigh
determine the weight of
Type of:
communicate, intercommunicate
transmit thoughts or feelings
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v drink alcohol without showing ill effects

“he had drunk more than he could carry
Synonyms:
hold
Type of:
booze, drink, fuddle
consume alcohol

v be able to feed

“This land will carry ten cows to the acre”
Type of:
nourish, nurture, sustain
provide with nourishment

v sing or play against other voices or parts

“He cannot carry a tune”
Type of:
do, execute, perform
carry out or perform an action

v be successful in

“She lost the game but carried the match”
Type of:
win
be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious

v secure the passage or adoption (of bills and motions)

“The motion carried easily”
Type of:
obtain
come into possession of

v bear (a crop)

“this land does not carry olives”
Type of:
farm, grow, produce, raise
cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques

v bear or be able to bear the weight, pressure,or responsibility of

“His efforts carried the entire project”
“How many credits is this student carrying?”
“We carry a very large mortgage”
Type of:
hold, hold up, support, sustain
be the physical support of; carry the weight of

v capture after a fight

“The troops carried the town after a brief fight”
Type of:
appropriate, capture, conquer, seize
take possession of by force, as after an invasion

v compensate for a weaker partner or member by one's own performance

“I resent having to carry her all the time”
Type of:
compensate, correct, counterbalance, even off, even out, even up, make up
adjust for

v be equipped with (a mast or sail)

“This boat can only carry a small sail”
Type of:
feature, have
have as a feature

v keep up with financial support

“The Federal Government carried the province for many years”
Type of:
keep, maintain, sustain
supply with necessities and support

v win approval or support for

Carry all before one”
Synonyms:
persuade, sway
Type of:
act upon, influence, work
have and exert influence or effect

v behave in a certain manner

“She carried herself well”
Synonyms:
acquit, bear, behave, comport, conduct, deport
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fluster
be flustered; behave in a confused manner
assert, put forward
insist on having one's opinions and rights recognized
deal
behave in a certain way towards others
walk around
behave in a certain manner or have certain properties
pose, posture
behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others
attitudinise, attitudinize
assume certain affected attitudes
Type of:
bear, hold
support or hold in a certain manner
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

v win in an election

“The senator carried his home state”
Synonyms
persuade, sway
win approval or support for
Type of:
win
be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious

v have as an inherent or characteristic feature or have as a consequence

“This new washer carries a two year guarantee”
“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”
Type of:
feature, have
have as a feature

v support or hold in a certain manner

“He carried himself upright”
Synonyms:
bear, hold
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sling
hold or carry in a sling
stoop
carry oneself, often habitually, with head, shoulders, and upper back bent forward
piggyback
support on the back and shoulders
balance, poise
hold or carry in equilibrium
acquit, bear, behave, comport, conduct, deport
behave in a certain manner
juggle
hold with difficulty and balance insecurely
fluster
be flustered; behave in a confused manner
assert, put forward
insist on having one's opinions and rights recognized
deal
behave in a certain way towards others
walk around
behave in a certain manner or have certain properties
pose, posture
behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others

v include, as on a list

“How many people are carried on the payroll?”
Type of:
include
consider as part of something
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v continue or extend

“The civil war carried into the neighboring province”
Synonyms:
extend
draw out, extend, prolong, protract
lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer
extend
prolong the time allowed for payment of
Type of:
continue
exist over a prolonged period of time
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v be necessarily associated with or result in or involve

“This crime carries a penalty of five years in prison”
Type of:
imply, involve
have as a necessary feature
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