Skip to definition.
Get the FREE one-click dictionary software for Windows or the iPhone/iPad and Android apps


Verb: carry  ker-ee [N. Amer], ka-ree [Brit]
  1. Move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body
    "carry the suitcases to the car"; "This train is carrying nuclear waste"; "These pipes carry waste water into the river"; "You must carry your camping gear";
    - transport
     
  2. Have with oneself; have on one's person
    "I always carry money";
    - pack, take
     
  3. Serve as the medium for transmission, allow movement of
    "Sound carries well over water"; "The airwaves carry the sound";
    - impart, conduct, transmit, convey, channel
     
  4. Serve as a means for expressing something
    "The painting of Mary carries motherly love"; "His voice carried a lot of anger";
    - convey, express
     
  5. 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"
     
  6. Support or hold in a certain manner
    "He carried himself upright";
    - hold, bear
     
  7. Have within
    "The jar carries wine";
    - hold, bear, contain
     
  8. Extend to a certain degree
    "carry too far"; "She carries her ideas to the extreme"
     
  9. Continue in location
    "The civil war carried into the neighbouring province";
    - extend
     
  10. Be necessarily associated with or result in or involve
    "This crime carries a penalty of five years in prison"
     
  11. Win in an election
    "The senator carried his home state"
     
  12. Include, as on a list
    "How many people are carried on the payroll?"
     
  13. Behave in a certain manner
    "She carried herself well";
    - behave, acquit, bear, deport, conduct, comport
     
  14. Have on hand
    "Do you carry kerosene heaters?";
    - stock, stockpile
     
  15. Include as the content; broadcast or publicize
    "This paper carries a restaurant review"; "All major networks carried the press conference";
    - run
     
  16. (sport) run with the ball, in basketball bouncing the ball or in soccer or hockey making small kicks
    "Carry the ball";
    - dribble
     
  17. Pass on a communication
    "The news was carried to every village in the province"
     
  18. 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"
     
  19. Be conveyed over a certain distance
    "Her voice carries very well in this big opera house"
     
  20. Keep up with financial support
    "The Federal Government carried the province for many years"
     
  21. 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"
     
  22. Be equipped with (a mast or sail)
    "This boat can only carry a small sail"
     
  23. Win approval or support for
    "Carry all before one";
    - persuade, sway
     
  24. Compensate for a weaker partner or member by one's own performance
    "I resent having to carry her all the time"
     
  25. Take further or advance
    "carry a cause"
     
  26. Have on the surface or on the skin
    "carry scars"
     
  27. Capture after a fight
    "The troops carried the town after a brief fight"
     
  28. Transfer (entries) from one account book to another
    - post
     
  29. 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"
     
  30. Pursue a line of scent or be a bearer
    "the dog was taught to fetch and carry"
     
  31. (farming) bear (a crop)
    "this land does not carry olives"
     
  32. Propel or give impetus to
     
  33. Drink alcohol without showing ill effects
    "he had drunk more than he could carry";
    - hold
     
  34. Be able to feed
    "This land will carry ten cows to the acre"
     
  35. Have a certain range
    "This rifle carries for 3,000 feet"
     
  36. (golf) cover a certain distance or advance beyond
    "The drive carried to the green"
     
  37. Secure the passage or adoption (of bills and motions)
    "The motion carried easily"
     
  38. Be successful in
    "She lost the game but carried the match"
     
  39. Sing or play against other voices or parts
    "He cannot carry a tune"
     
  40. Be pregnant with
    "I am carrying his child";
    - have a bun in the oven, bear, gestate, expect
Noun: carry  ker-ee [N. Amer], ka-ree [Brit]
  1. The act of carrying something

Derived forms: carrying, carried, carries

Type of: act, act upon, advance, appropriate, bear, birth, boost, booze, bring, broadcast, capture, circularise [Brit], circularize, circulate, communicate, compensate, conquer, continue, convey, conveyance, correct, counterbalance, deliver, diffuse, disperse, displace, disseminate, distribute, do, drink, effect, encourage, even off, even out, even up, execute, farm, feature, follow, fuddle, further, give birth, go, grow, have, have got, hit, hold, hold up, impel, imply, include, influence, intercommunicate, involve, keep, locomote, maintain, make up, move, nourish, nurture, obtain, pass, pass along, pass around, pass on, perform, produce, promote, propagate, propel, put across, raise, range, seize, shift, spread, support, sustain, take, transfer, transferral, transport, transportation, travel, win, work

Encyclopedia: Carry