Carry meaning

kărē
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.

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To have (something) on the surface or skin; bear.

Carries scars from acne.

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To hold or be capable of holding.

The tank carries 16 gallons when full.

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(reflexive) To bear (oneself); to behave or conduct.
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To hold or support while moving; bear.

Carried the baby in my arms; carrying a heavy backpack.

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To serve as a means for the conveyance of; transmit.

Pipes that carry waste water; a bridge that carries traffic between the two cities.

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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.

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To keep or have on one's person.

Stopped carrying credit cards.

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To be pregnant with (offspring).
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To extend or continue in space, time, or degree.

Carried the line to the edge of the page; carry a joke too far.

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To take or seize, especially by force; capture.
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To include or keep on a list.

Carried a dozen workers on the payroll.

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(physics) To possess (an intrinsic property, such as color charge) or convey (a force) that governs particle interactions.
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To transfer from one place, as a column, page, or book, to another.

Carry a number in addition.

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To keep in stock; offer for sale.

A store that carries a full line of electronic equipment.

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To keep in one's accounts as a debtor.

Carried the unemployed customer for 90 days.

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To place before the public; print or broadcast.

The morning papers carried the story. The press conference was carried by all networks.

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To produce as a crop.
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To provide forage for (livestock).

Land that carries sheep.

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To sing (a melody, for example) on key.

Carry a tune.

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(nautical) To be equipped with (a mast or sail).
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To act as a bearer.

Teach a dog to fetch and carry.

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To be transmitted or conveyed.

A voice that carries well.

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To admit of being transported.

Unbalanced loads do not carry easily.

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To hold the neck and head in a certain way. Used of a horse.
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To be accepted or approved.

The proposal carried by a wide margin.

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To hold or support while moving.

To carry a package.

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To take from one place to another; transport, as in a vehicle.

To carry the mail.

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To hold, and direct the motion of; be a channel for; convey.

A pipe carrying water.

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To cause to go; lead or impel.

His ambition carried him to the top.

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To be a medium for the transmission of.

Air carries sounds; a disease carried by mosquitoes.

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To transfer or extend.

To carry a wall along a precipice.

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To transfer (a figure, entry, account, etc.) from one column, page, time, etc. to the next in order.
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To be pregnant with.
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To have on one's person or keep with one.

To carry a watch, to carry memories.

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To hold or poise (oneself, one's weight, etc.) in a specified way.
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To conduct (oneself) in a specified way.
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To include as part of its contents or program schedule.
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To have or keep on a list or register.

To be carried on the tax list.

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To enable (an opponent, a subordinate, etc.) to continue through one's own efforts, generosity, etc.
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To capture (a fortress, etc.)
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To win over, lead, or influence (a group)
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To drink (liquor) without showing the effects.
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(south) To accompany; escort.
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(golf) To go past or beyond (an object or expanse) or cover (a distance) with one stroke.
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(hunting) To keep and follow (a scent)
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(music) To sing the notes of (a melody or part) accurately.
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To act as a bearer, conductor, etc.
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To have the intended effect upon those watching or listening.
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To hold the head, etc. in a specified way.
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To win approval.

The motion carried.

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The range of, or distance covered by, a gun, golf ball, projectile, etc.
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A portage between two navigable bodies of water.
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The act or manner of carrying.
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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.
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To lift (something) and take it to another place; to transport (something) by lifting.
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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.

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(chiefly archaic) To move; to convey by force; to impel; to conduct; to lead or guide.
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To stock or supply (something).

The corner drugstore doesn't carry his favorite brand of aspirin.

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To adopt (something); take (something) over.

I think I can carry Smith's work while she is out.

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To adopt or resolve upon, especially in a deliberative assembly; as, to carry a motion.
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(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.

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To have or maintain (something).

Always carry sufficient insurance to protect against a loss.

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(intransitive) To be transmitted; to travel.

The sound of the bells carried for miles on the wind.

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(slang) To insult, to diss.
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(nautical) To capture a ship by coming alongside and boarding.
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(sports) To transport (the ball) whilst maintaining possession.
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To have on one's "person" (see examples).

She always carries a purse; marsupials carry their young in a pouch.

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To have propulsive power; to propel.

A gun or mortar carries well.

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To hold the head; said of a horse.

To carry well, i.e. to hold the head high, with arching neck.

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(hunting) To have earth or frost stick to the feet when running, as a hare.

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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.

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To contain; to comprise; to bear the aspect of; to show or exhibit; to imply.
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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.

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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.

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A tract of land over which boats or goods are carried between two bodies of navigable water; a portage.
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(computing) The bit or digit that is carried in an addition.
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carry (someone's) water
  • To support someone, especially in an submissive or uncritical manner.
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(informal) carry the ball
  • To assume the leading role; do most of the work.
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carry the day
  • To be victorious or successful.
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be carried away
  • to be moved to great or unreasoning emotion or enthusiasm
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carry forward
  • to proceed or progress with
  • to transfer from one column, page, book, or account to another
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carry off
  • to kill
    The disease carried off thousands.
  • to win (a prize, honors, etc.)
  • to handle (a delicate situation), esp. with success
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carry on
  • to engage in; conduct
  • to go on (with); continue as before, esp. in the face of difficulties
  • to behave in a wild, extravagant, or childish way
  • to engage in an illicit love affair
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carry out
  • to put (plans, instructions, etc.) into practice
  • to get done; bring to completion; accomplish
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carry over
  • to have or be remaining
  • to transfer or hold over
  • to postpone or allow to postpone; continue
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carry through
  • to get done; accomplish
  • to keep (a person) going; sustain
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Origin of carry

  • Middle English carien from Old North French carier from carre cart car

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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).

    From Wiktionary