, car·ries verb, transitive
- To hold or support while moving; bear: carried the baby in my arms; carrying a heavy backpack. See Synonyms at convey.
a. To take from one place to another; transport: a train carrying freight; a courier carrying messages.
b. Chiefly Southern U.S. To escort or accompany.
- To serve as a means for the conveyance of; transmit: pipes that carry waste water; a bridge that carries traffic between the two cities.
a. To communicate; pass on: The news was carried by word of mouth to every settlement.
b. To express or contain: harsh words that carried a threat of violence.
- To have (something) on the surface or skin; bear: carries scars from acne.
- To hold or be capable of holding: The tank carries 16 gallons when full.
a. To support (a weight or responsibility).
b. To support the weight or responsibility of: a beam that carries the floor; a student who carries a heavy course load.
- To keep or have on one's person: stopped carrying credit cards.
- To be pregnant with.
a. To hold and move (the body or a part of it) in a particular way: carried her head proudly.
b. To behave or conduct (oneself) in a specified manner.
- To extend or continue in space, time, or degree: carried the line to the edge of the page; carry a joke too far.
a. To give impetus to; propel: The wind carried the ball over the fence.
b. To take further; advance: carry a cause.
- To take or seize, especially by force; capture.
a. To be successful in; win: lost the game but carried the match.
b. To gain victory, support, or acceptance for: The motion was carried in a close vote.
c. To win a majority of the votes in: Roosevelt carried all but two states in the 1936 presidential election.
d. To gain the sympathy of; win over: The amateurs' enthusiasm carried the audience.
- To include or keep on a list: carried a dozen workers on the payroll.
a. To have as an attribute or accompaniment: an appliance carrying a full-year guarantee.
b. To involve as a condition, consequence, or effect: The crime carried a five-year sentence.
- To transfer from one place, as a column, page, or book, to another: carry a number in addition.
- To keep in stock; offer for sale: a store that carries a full line of electronic equipment.
- To keep in one's accounts as a debtor: carried the unemployed customer for 90 days.
a. To maintain or support (one that is weaker or less competent, for example).
b. To compensate for (a weaker member or partner) by one's performance.
- 21. To place before the public; print or broadcast: The morning papers carried the story. The press conference was carried by all networks.
- 22. To produce as a crop.
- 23. To provide forage for (livestock): land that carries sheep.
- 24. To sing (a melody, for example) on key: carry a tune.
- 25. Nautical To be equipped with (a mast or sail).
- 26. Sports
a. To cover (a distance) or advance beyond (a point or object) in one golf stroke.
b. To control and advance (a ball or puck).
c. Basketball To palm (the ball) in violation of the rules.
noun pl. car·ries
- To act as a bearer: teach a dog to fetch and carry.
- To be transmitted or conveyed: a voice that carries well.
- To admit of being transported: Unbalanced loads do not carry easily.
- To hold the neck and head in a certain way. Used of a horse.
- To be accepted or approved: The proposal carried by a wide margin.
Phrasal Verbs: carry away
- The act or process of carrying.
- A portage, as between two navigable bodies of water.
a. The range of a gun or projectile.
b. The distance traveled by a hurled or struck ball.
c. Reach; projection: “a voice that had far more carry to it than at any time in the term thus far” (Jimmy Breslin).
- Football An act of running with the ball from scrimmage: a carry of two yards.
To move or excite greatly: was carried away by desire. carry forward Accounting
To transfer (an entry) to the next column, page, or book, or to another account. carry off
To cause the death of: was carried off by a fever.
To handle successfully: carried off the difficult situation with aplomb. carry on
To conduct; maintain: carry on a thriving business.
To engage in: carry on a love affair.
To continue without halting; persevere: carry on in the face of disaster.
To behave in an excited, improper, or silly manner. carry out
To put into practice or effect: carry out a new policy.
To follow or obey: carry out instructions.
To bring to a conclusion; accomplish: carried out the mission successfully. carry over Accounting
a. To transfer (an account) to the next column, page, or book relating to the same account.
b. To retain (merchandise or other goods) for a subsequent, usually the next, season.
To deduct (an unused tax credit or a loss, for example) for taxable income of a subsequent period. To persist to another time or situation: The confidence gained in remedial classes carried over into the children's regular school work. carry through
To accomplish; complete: carry a project through despite difficulties.
To survive; persist: prejudices that have carried through over the centuries.
To enable to endure; sustain: a faith that carried them through the ordeal.
Origin: Middle English carien
Origin: , from Old North French carier
Origin: , from carre, cart; see car