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

  • transitive v. To take or carry from one place to another; transport.
  • transitive v. To serve as a medium of transmission for; transmit: wires that convey electricity.
  • transitive v. To communicate or make known; impart: "a look intended to convey sympathetic comprehension” ( Saki).
  • transitive v. Law To transfer ownership of or title to.
  • transitive v. Archaic To steal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To transport; to carry; to take from one place to another.
  • v. To communicate; to make known; to portray.
  • v. To transfer legal rights (to).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To play the thief; to steal.
  • transitive v. To carry from one place to another; to bear or transport.
  • transitive v. To cause to pass from one place or person to another; to serve as a medium in carrying (anything) from one place or person to another; to transmit.
  • transitive v. To transfer or deliver to another; to make over, as property; more strictly (Law), to transfer (real estate) or pass (a title to real estate) by a sealed writing.
  • transitive v. To impart or communicate.
  • transitive v. To manage with privacy; to carry out.
  • transitive v. To carry or take away secretly; to steal; to thieve.
  • transitive v. To accompany; to convoy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To carry, bear, or transport.
  • To transmit; communicato by transmission; carry or pass along, as to a destination.
  • In law, to transfer; pass the title to by deed, assignment, or otherwise: as, to convey lands to a purchaser by bargain and sale.
  • To transmit; contain and carry; carry as a medium of transmission: as, air conveys sound; words convey ideas.
  • To impart; communicate through some medium of transmission.
  • To steal; lift; purloin.
  • To manage; carry on; conduct.
  • To trace; derive.
  • To steal.
  • n. A conveyance or transfer.
  • n. An escort; a convoy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. transmit or serve as the medium for transmission
  • v. serve as a means for expressing something
  • v. transfer to another
  • v. make known; pass on, of information
  • v. transmit a title or property
  • v. take something or somebody with oneself somewhere
  • v. go or come after and bring or take back


Middle English conveien, from Old French conveier, from Medieval Latin conviāre, to escort : Latin com-, com- + via, way.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French conveier (French convoyer), from Vulgar Latin convio, from via ("way"). Compare convoy. (Wiktionary)


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