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."

Definitions of carry
  1. verb
    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
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  2. verb
    have with oneself; have on one's person
    “I always carry money”
    synonyms: pack, take
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    feature, have
    have as a feature
  3. verb
    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 confined 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
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    include
    have as a part; be made up out of
  4. verb
    have on hand
    “Do you carry kerosene heaters?”
    synonyms: stock, stockpile
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    have, have got, hold
    have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
  5. verb
    propel, "Carry the ball"
    synonyms: dribble
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    hit
    cause to move by striking
  6. verb
    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”
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    pack, take
    have with oneself; have on one's person
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    have, have got, hold
    have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
  7. verb
    have on the surface or on the skin
    carry scars”
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    bear
    have
  8. verb
    transfer (entries) from one account book to another
    synonyms: post
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    transfer
    move from one place to another
  9. verb
    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”
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    post
    transfer (entries) from one account book to another
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    shift, transfer
    move around
  10. verb
    pursue a line of scent or be a bearer
    “the dog was taught to fetch and carry
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    follow
    travel behind, go after, come after
  11. verb
    propel or give impetus to
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    transport
    move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body
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    impel, propel
    cause to move forward with force
  12. verb
    cover a certain distance or advance beyond
    “The drive carried to the green”
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    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  13. verb
    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
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    bear, birth, deliver, give birth, have
    cause to be born
  14. noun
    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
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    conveyance, transfer, transferral, transport, transportation
    the act of moving something from one location to another
  15. verb
    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
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    bring, convey, take
    take something or somebody with oneself somewhere
  16. verb
    pass on a communication
    “The news was carried to every village in the province”
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    transport
    move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body
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    communicate, pass, pass along, pass on, put across
    transmit information
  17. verb
    have a certain range
    “This rifle carries for 3,000 feet”
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    feature, have
    have as a feature
  18. verb
    take further or advance
    carry a cause”
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    advance, boost, encourage, further, promote
    contribute to the progress or growth of
  19. verb
    be conveyed over a certain distance
    “Her voice carries very well in this big opera house”
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    channel, conduct, convey, impart, transmit
    transmit or serve as the medium for transmission
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    range
    have a range; be capable of projecting over a certain distance, as of a gun
  20. verb
    include as the content; broadcast or publicize
    “This paper carries a restaurant review”
    “All major networks carried the press conference”
    synonyms: run
  21. verb
    extend to a certain degree
    carry too far”
    “She carries her ideas to the extreme”
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    effect
    act so as to bring into existence
  22. verb
    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
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    communicate, intercommunicate
    transmit thoughts or feelings
  23. verb
    drink alcohol without showing ill effects
    synonyms: hold
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    booze, drink, fuddle
    consume alcohol
  24. verb
    be able to feed
    “This land will carry ten cows to the acre”
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    nourish, nurture, sustain
    provide with nourishment
  25. verb
    sing or play against other voices or parts
    “He cannot carry a tune”
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    do, execute, perform
    carry out or perform an action
  26. verb
    be successful in
    “She lost the game but carried the match”
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    win
    be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious
  27. verb
    secure the passage or adoption (of bills and motions)
    “The motion carried easily”
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    obtain
    come into possession of
  28. verb
    bear (a crop)
    “this land does not carry olives”
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    farm, grow, produce, raise
    cultivate by growing, often involving improvements by means of agricultural techniques
  29. verb
    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”
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    hold, hold up, support, sustain
    be the physical support of; carry the weight of
  30. verb
    capture after a fight
    “The troops carried the town after a brief fight”
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    appropriate, capture, conquer, seize
    take possession of by force, as after an invasion
  31. verb
    compensate for a weaker partner or member by one's own performance
    “I resent having to carry her all the time”
  32. verb
    be equipped with (a mast or sail)
    “This boat can only carry a small sail”
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    feature, have
    have as a feature
  33. verb
    keep up with financial support
    “The Federal Government carried the province for many years”
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    keep, maintain, sustain
    supply with necessities and support
  34. verb
    win approval or support for
    Carry all before one”
    synonyms: persuade, sway
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    act upon, influence, work
    have and exert influence or effect
  35. verb
    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
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    bear, hold
    support or hold in a certain manner
    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
  36. verb
    win in an election
    “The senator carried his home state”
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    persuade, sway
    win approval or support for
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    win
    be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious
  37. verb
    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”
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    feature, have
    have as a feature
  38. verb
    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
  39. verb
    include, as on a list
    “How many people are carried on the payroll?”
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    include
    consider as part of something
  40. verb
    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
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    continue
    exist over a prolonged period of time
  41. verb
    be necessarily associated with or result in or involve
    “This crime carries a penalty of five years in prison”
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    imply, involve
    have as a necessary feature
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