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.
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.
- To place before the public; print or broadcast: The morning papers carried the story. The press conference was carried by all networks.
- To produce as a crop.
- To provide forage for (livestock): land that carries sheep.
- To sing (a melody, for example) on key: carry a tune.
- Nautical To be equipped with (a mast or sail).
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.
noun pl. car·ries
Phrasal Verbs: carry away
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 )
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 of carry
Middle 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.
- 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.
From Middle English carrien, from Anglo-Norman carier (modern French: charrier). Replaced native Middle English ferien (“to carry, transport, convey”) (from Old English ferian) and Middle English aberen (“to carry, bear, endure”) (from Old English āberan).