- To carry is to transport or support the weight of something or someone, or to assume responsibility for someone or something, or to walk and act in a certain manner.
- When you pick up a child and walk across the room with her, this is an example of a situation where you carry the child.
- When you accept responsibility for how well a project turns out, this is an example of a situation where you carry the project.
- When you walk and talk with your head held high, this is an example of a situation where you carry yourself with dignity.
A mother carrying her child.
transitive verbcarried, carrying
- to hold or support while moving: to carry a package
- to take from one place to another; transport, as in a vehicle: to carry the mail
- to hold, and direct the motion of; be a channel for; convey: a pipe carrying water
- to cause to go; lead or impel: his ambition carried him to the top
- to be a medium for the transmission of: air carries sounds
- to transfer or extend: to carry a wall along a precipice
- to transfer (a figure, entry, account, etc.) from one column, page, time, etc. to the next in order
- to bear the weight of: the balusters carry a railing
- to support or sustain: when others were injured, Jones carried the team
- to be pregnant with
- to bear as a mark
- to have as a quality, characteristic, consequence, etc.; involve; imply: to carry a guarantee
- to have on one's person or keep with one: to carry a watch, to carry memories
- to hold or poise (oneself, one's weight, etc.) in a specified way
- to conduct (oneself) in a specified way
- ☆ to include as part of its contents or program schedule: said of a newspaper, radio or TV station, etc.
- to have or keep on a list or register: to be carried on the tax list
- ☆ to support financially
- to bear the cost of: to carry insurance on a car
- to enable (an opponent, a subordinate, etc.) to continue through one's own efforts, generosity, etc.
- to capture (a fortress, etc.)
- to win over, lead, or influence (a group)
- to gain support or victory for (a cause, point, etc.)
- to win (an election, argument, etc.)
- to gain a majority of the votes in (a district, state, etc.)
- to drink (liquor) without showing the effects
- South to accompany; escort
- ☆ Commerce
- to keep in stock; deal in: to carry leather goods
- to keep on one's account books, etc.
- to bear as a crop; produce
- to support (livestock)
- Golf to go past or beyond (an object or expanse) or cover (a distance) with one stroke
- Hunting to keep and follow (a scent)
- Music to sing the notes of (a melody or part) accurately
Origin of carryMiddle English carien ; from Anglo-French carier ; from Norman French carre, car
- to act as a bearer, conductor, etc.
- to have or cover a range: the shot carried to the next hill
- to move easily through the air: said of a propelled object
- to have the intended effect upon those watching or listening
- to hold the head, etc. in a specified way: said of a horse
- to win approval: the motion carried
- the range of, or distance covered by, a gun, golf ball, projectile, etc.
- ☆ a portage between two navigable bodies of water
- the act or manner of carrying
be carried awayor get carried away
- to proceed or progress with
- Bookkeeping to transfer from one column, page, book, or account to another
- to kill: the disease carried off thousands
- to win (a prize, honors, etc.)
- to handle (a delicate situation), esp. with success
- to engage in; conduct
- to go on (with); continue as before, esp. in the face of difficulties
- Informal to behave in a wild, extravagant, or childish way
- Informal to engage in an illicit love affair
- to put (plans, instructions, etc.) into practice
- to get done; bring to completion; accomplish
- to have or be remaining
- to transfer or hold over
- to postpone or allow to postpone; continue
- to get done; accomplish
- to keep (a person) going; sustain
verbcar·ried, car·ry·ing, car·ries
- To hold or support while moving; bear: carried the baby in my arms; carrying a heavy backpack.
- a. To move or take from one place to another; transport: a train carrying freight; a courier carrying messages.b. Chiefly Southern US 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 (offspring).
- 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.
- Physics To possess (an intrinsic property, such as color charge) or convey (a force) that governs particle interactions.
- 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.
- 21. 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.
- 22. To place before the public; print or broadcast: The morning papers carried the story. The press conference was carried by all networks.
- 23. To produce as a crop.
- 24. To provide forage for (livestock): land that carries sheep.
- 25. To sing (a melody, for example) on key: carry a tune.
- 26. Nautical To be equipped with (a mast or sail).
- 27. 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.
- 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.
- a. The act or process of carrying.b. A portage, as between two navigable bodies of water.c. Football An act of running with the ball on an offensive play from scrimmage: a carry of six yards.
- 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).
Origin of carryMiddle English carien, from Old North French carier, from carre, cart; see car.
(third-person singular simple present carries, present participle carrying, simple past and past participle carried)
- To lift (something) and take it to another place; to transport (something) by lifting.
- To transfer from one place (such as a country, book, or column) to another.
- to carry the war from Greece into Asia
- to carry an account to the ledger
- To convey by extension or continuance; to extend.
- The builders are going to carry the chimney through the roof.
- They would have carried the road ten miles further, but ran out of materials.
- (chiefly archaic) To move; to convey by force; to impel; to conduct; to lead or guide.
- To stock or supply (something).
- The corner drugstore doesn't carry his favorite brand of aspirin.
- To adopt (something); take (something) over.
- I think I can carry Smith's work while she is out.
- To adopt or resolve upon, especially in a deliberative assembly; as, to carry a motion.
- (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.
- To have or maintain (something).
- Always carry sufficient insurance to protect against a loss.
- (intransitive) To be transmitted; to travel.
- The sound of the bells carried for miles on the wind.
- (slang) To insult, to diss.
- (nautical) To capture a ship by coming alongside and boarding.
- (sports) To transport (the ball) whilst maintaining possession.
- To have on one's "person" (see examples).
- she always carries a purse; marsupials carry their young in a pouch
- To have propulsive power; to propel.
- A gun or mortar carries well.
- To hold the head; said of a horse.
- to carry well, i.e. to hold the head high, with arching neck
- (hunting) To have earth or frost stick to the feet when running, as a hare.
- 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.
- The Tories carried the election.
- To contain; to comprise; to bear the aspect of; to show or exhibit; to imply.
- (reflexive) To bear (oneself); to behave or conduct.
- To bear the charges or burden of holding or having, as stocks, merchandise, etc., from one time to another.
- A merchant is carrying a large stock; a farm carries a mortgage; a broker carries stock for a customer; to carry a life insurance.
- (in arithmetic): borrow (the equivalent reverse procedure in the inverse operation of subtraction)
- 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.
- A tract of land over which boats or goods are carried between two bodies of navigable water; a portage.
- (computing) The bit or digit that is carried in an addition.
carry - Investment & Finance Definition
The interest cost of financing securities. A positive carry occurs when the return from a security exceeds the financing cost. A negative carry occurs when the financing cost exceeds the return on the security that has been financed.