from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To hold or support while moving; bear.
  • intransitive verb To move or take from one place to another; transport.
  • intransitive verb Chiefly Southern US To escort or accompany.
  • intransitive verb To serve as a means for the conveyance of; transmit.
  • intransitive verb To communicate; pass on.
  • intransitive verb To express or contain.
  • intransitive verb To have (something) on the surface or skin; bear.
  • intransitive verb To hold or be capable of holding.
  • intransitive verb To support (a weight or responsibility).
  • intransitive verb To support the weight or responsibility of.
  • intransitive verb To keep or have on one's person.
  • intransitive verb To be pregnant with (offspring).
  • intransitive verb To hold and move (the body or a part of it) in a particular way.
  • intransitive verb To behave or conduct (oneself) in a specified manner.
  • intransitive verb To extend or continue in space, time, or degree.
  • intransitive verb To give impetus to; propel.
  • intransitive verb To take further; advance.
  • intransitive verb To take or seize, especially by force; capture.
  • intransitive verb To be successful in; win.
  • intransitive verb To gain victory, support, or acceptance for.
  • intransitive verb To win a majority of the votes in.
  • intransitive verb To gain the sympathy of; win over.
  • intransitive verb To include or keep on a list.
  • intransitive verb To have as an attribute or accompaniment.
  • intransitive verb To involve as a condition, consequence, or effect.
  • intransitive verb Physics To possess (an intrinsic property, such as color charge) or convey (a force) that governs particle interactions.
  • intransitive verb To transfer from one place, as a column, page, or book, to another.
  • intransitive verb To keep in stock; offer for sale.
  • intransitive verb To keep in one's accounts as a debtor.
  • intransitive verb To maintain or support (one that is weaker or less competent, for example).
  • intransitive verb To compensate for (a weaker member or partner) by one's performance.
  • intransitive verb To place before the public; print or broadcast.
  • intransitive verb To produce as a crop.
  • intransitive verb To provide forage for (livestock).
  • intransitive verb To sing (a melody, for example) on key.
  • intransitive verb Nautical To be equipped with (a mast or sail).
  • intransitive verb To cover (a distance) or advance beyond (a point or object) in one golf stroke.
  • intransitive verb To control and advance (a ball or puck).
  • intransitive verb Basketball To palm (the ball) in violation of the rules.
  • intransitive verb To act as a bearer.
  • intransitive verb To be transmitted or conveyed.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English carien, from Old North French carier, from carre, cart; see car.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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).


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  • We bought an immense quantity of chickens and they all turned out to be roosters [laughter]; but I resolved -- I presume as William Nye says about the farm -- to carry it on; I would _carry_ on that farm as long as my wife's money lasted.

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  • Mr. Kolding will in the short term carry through Danske Bank's strategic goals of raising interest margins, cutting costs and focusing on its customers, and will later work out a long-term strategy together with the management team, he said Monday.

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  • Yes, and when you carry jewelry in carry on luggage watch it like a hawk when the TSA guys in the US go through it.

    Page 2 2009

  • Yes, and when you carry jewelry in carry on luggage watch it like a hawk when the TSA guys in the US go through it.

    Page 2 2009

  • In the case of a public university, if carry is lawful, even if against policy, carry may (should) not be an unlawful act sufficient to allow the university to trespass a member of the public.

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  • Even if you have a valid CCW and concealed carry is allowed in national parks very few people will be able to concealed carry anyway.

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  • I have read that it is best to take jewelry in carry-on luggage as well.

    Shipping Items 2009

  • Even in Wisconsin, the home of the Progressive/Marxist bullshit movement in the US, open carry is allowed.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » Because i’m hell busy. 2009

  • However, this is not advisable in carry-on luggage, because it MAY NOT pass through security.

    Hints From Heloise Post 2010


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  • In Singapore, a disposable plastic shopping bag. Probably an abruption of carrier bag.

    November 17, 2011