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

  • transitive v. To hold or support while moving; bear: carried the baby in my arms; carrying a heavy backpack. See Synonyms at convey.
  • transitive v. To take from one place to another; transport: a train carrying freight; a courier carrying messages.
  • transitive v. Chiefly Southern U.S. To escort or accompany.
  • transitive v. To serve as a means for the conveyance of; transmit: pipes that carry waste water; a bridge that carries traffic between the two cities.
  • transitive v. To communicate; pass on: The news was carried by word of mouth to every settlement.
  • transitive v. To express or contain: harsh words that carried a threat of violence.
  • transitive v. To have (something) on the surface or skin; bear: carries scars from acne.
  • transitive v. To hold or be capable of holding: The tank carries 16 gallons when full.
  • transitive v. To support (a weight or responsibility).
  • transitive v. To support the weight or responsibility of: a beam that carries the floor; a student who carries a heavy course load.
  • transitive v. To keep or have on one's person: stopped carrying credit cards.
  • transitive v. To be pregnant with.
  • transitive v. To hold and move (the body or a part of it) in a particular way: carried her head proudly.
  • transitive v. To behave or conduct (oneself) in a specified manner.
  • transitive v. To extend or continue in space, time, or degree: carried the line to the edge of the page; carry a joke too far.
  • transitive v. To give impetus to; propel: The wind carried the ball over the fence.
  • transitive v. To take further; advance: carry a cause.
  • transitive v. To take or seize, especially by force; capture.
  • transitive v. To be successful in; win: lost the game but carried the match.
  • transitive v. To gain victory, support, or acceptance for: The motion was carried in a close vote.
  • transitive v. To win a majority of the votes in: Roosevelt carried all but two states in the 1936 presidential election.
  • transitive v. To gain the sympathy of; win over: The amateurs' enthusiasm carried the audience.
  • transitive v. To include or keep on a list: carried a dozen workers on the payroll.
  • transitive v. To have as an attribute or accompaniment: an appliance carrying a full-year guarantee.
  • transitive v. To involve as a condition, consequence, or effect: The crime carried a five-year sentence.
  • transitive v. To transfer from one place, as a column, page, or book, to another: carry a number in addition.
  • transitive v. To keep in stock; offer for sale: a store that carries a full line of electronic equipment.
  • transitive v. To keep in one's accounts as a debtor: carried the unemployed customer for 90 days.
  • transitive v. To maintain or support (one that is weaker or less competent, for example).
  • transitive v. To compensate for (a weaker member or partner) by one's performance.
  • transitive v. To place before the public; print or broadcast: The morning papers carried the story. The press conference was carried by all networks.
  • transitive v. To produce as a crop.
  • transitive v. To provide forage for (livestock): land that carries sheep.
  • transitive v. To sing (a melody, for example) on key: carry a tune.
  • transitive v. Nautical To be equipped with (a mast or sail).
  • transitive v. Sports To cover (a distance) or advance beyond (a point or object) in one golf stroke.
  • transitive v. Sports To control and advance (a ball or puck).
  • transitive v. Basketball Sports To palm (the ball) in violation of the rules.
  • intransitive v. To act as a bearer: teach a dog to fetch and carry.
  • intransitive v. To be transmitted or conveyed: a voice that carries well.
  • intransitive v. To admit of being transported: Unbalanced loads do not carry easily.
  • intransitive v. To hold the neck and head in a certain way. Used of a horse.
  • intransitive v. To be accepted or approved: The proposal carried by a wide margin.
  • n. The act or process of carrying.
  • n. A portage, as between two navigable bodies of water.
  • n. The range of a gun or projectile.
  • n. The distance traveled by a hurled or struck ball.
  • n. Reach; projection: "a voice that had far more carry to it than at any time in the term thus far” ( Jimmy Breslin).
  • n. Football An act of running with the ball from scrimmage: a carry of two yards.
  • carry away 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.
  • carry off To handle successfully: carried off the difficult situation with aplomb.
  • carry on To conduct; maintain: carry on a thriving business.
  • carry on To engage in: carry on a love affair.
  • carry on To continue without halting; persevere: carry on in the face of disaster.
  • carry on To behave in an excited, improper, or silly manner.
  • carry out To put into practice or effect: carry out a new policy.
  • carry out To follow or obey: carry out instructions.
  • carry out To bring to a conclusion; accomplish: carried out the mission successfully.
  • carry over To transfer (an account) to the next column, page, or book relating to the same account.
  • carry over To retain (merchandise or other goods) for a subsequent, usually the next, season.
  • carry over To deduct (an unused tax credit or a loss, for example) for taxable income of a subsequent period.
  • carry over 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.
  • carry through To survive; persist: prejudices that have carried through over the centuries.
  • carry through To enable to endure; sustain: a faith that carried them through the ordeal.
  • idiom a To feel a painful unreciprocated love: still carrying a torch for an old sweetheart.
  • idiom carry the ball Informal To assume the leading role; do most of the work.
  • idiom carry the day To be victorious; win.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To lift (something) and take it to another place; to transport (something) by lifting.
  • v. To stock or supply (something).
  • v. To adopt (something); take (something) over.
  • v. To adopt or resolve upon, especially in a deliberative assembly; as, to carry a motion.
  • v. (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.
  • v. To have or maintain (something).
  • v. To be transmitted; to travel.
  • v. to insult, to diss
  • v. to capture a ship by coming alongside and boarding
  • v. To transport (the ball) whilst maintaining possession.
  • n. A manner of transporting or lifting something; the grip or position in which something is carried.
  • n. A tract of land over which boats or goods are carried between two bodies of navigable water; a portage.
  • n. The bit or digit that is carried in an addition.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tract of land, over which boats or goods are carried between two bodies of navigable water; a carrying place; a portage.
  • intransitive v. To act as a bearer; to convey anything.
  • intransitive v. To have propulsive power; to propel.
  • intransitive v. To hold the head; -- said of a horse. e., to hold the head high, with arching neck.
  • intransitive v. To have earth or frost stick to the feet when running, as a hare.
  • transitive v. To convey or transport in any manner from one place to another; to bear; -- often with away or off.
  • transitive v. To have or hold as a burden, while moving from place to place; to have upon or about one's person; to bear.
  • transitive v. To move; to convey by force; to impel; to conduct; to lead or guide.
  • transitive v. To transfer from one place (as a country, book, or column) to another.
  • transitive v. To convey by extension or continuance; to extend.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To get possession of by force; to capture.
  • transitive v. To contain; to comprise; to bear the aspect of ; to show or exhibit; to imply.
  • transitive v. To bear (one's self); to behave, to conduct or demean; -- with the reflexive pronouns.
  • transitive v. To bear the charges or burden of holding or having, as stocks, merchandise, etc., from one time to another.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bear or convey from a starting-point, or in going; take along or transport by the use of physical strength or means; move or cause to be moved along with one: as, to carry a cane in the hand, or goods in a ship.
  • To be the means of conveying; serve as the vehicle of, or as a transporting or transmitting agency for: as, a ship or a wagon carries goods to market; the wind carried the ship out of her course; the atmosphere carries sounds.
  • To lead or conduct in going; escort, urge, or drive along: as, to carry off a friend, or a squad of prisoners.
  • To lead or project in a specified direction, physically or mentally; direct or continue to or toward some point in space, time, or contemplation: as, to carry forward a line of survey, or an undertaking; he carried his history, or his readers, back to the remotest times; he carried his theory to its logical result.
  • Hence — To impel; drive: as, the gale carried the fleet out of its course.
  • To put or place forward; transfer to an advanced position or stage: as, to carry a case into court, or up to the supreme court; in adding, we set down the units and carry the tens (that is, transfer them to the next column in advance).
  • To conduct; manage: often with an indefinite it: as, to carry matters with a high hand; he carried it bravely: archaic, except with on: as, to carry on business. See phrases below.
  • To bear to a consummation; conduct to a desired or a successful issue; gain or achieve by management: as, to carry a legislative measure, or an election; to carry out one′ s purpose.
  • To gain by effort or contest; gain possession or control of; succeed in gaining or taking; take or win from or as from an enemy; capture: as, to carry a fortress by assault; to carry a district in an election; to carry off a prize.
  • Hence — To succeed in electing: as, to carry a candidate.
  • To lead or draw mentally; transport, urge, or impel the mind of; influence to a course of action, thought, or feeling: as, the speaker carried his audience with him; his passion carried him away or astray; he was carried out of himself.
  • To bear up and support, whether in motion or at rest; move, hold, or sustain the mass or weight of: as, to carry the body gracefully; he carries his wounded arm in a sling; the bridge carries a permanent load of so many tons; the wall cannot carry such a weight.
  • To bear, or bear about, as a fixed or inherent accompaniment, physical or moral; hold as an appurtenance, quality, or characteristic: as, he carries a bullet in his body; his opinions carry great weight.
  • To hold or bear the charge of; keep in possession or on hand for disposal or management: as, to carry a large stock of goods; to carry stocks or bonds for a customer.
  • Reflexively, to behave; demean; deport. [Now rare in this sense, bear being used instead.]
  • To hold or entertain as an opinion; uphold.
  • To bear up under; endure; undergo.
  • Figuratively, to transport; absorb the attention of; lead astray or beyond bounds: as, to be carried away by music; his passion carried him away.
  • To prosecute to the end; bring to a consummation; accomplish; finish; execute: as, he carried out his purpose.
  • To act as a bearer; be employed in transportation.
  • To bear the head in a particular manner, as a horse.
  • To act as a conductor; be a guiding or impelling agent.
  • To propel a missile; exert propelling force: as, a gun or mortar carries well or ill.
  • To behave or deport one's self.
  • In falconry, to fly away with the quarry: said of a hawk.
  • In hunting, to run on ground or hoar frost which sticks to the feet, as a hare.
  • To ride.
  • To conduct one's self in a wild, frolicsome, or thoughtless manner; riot; frolic.
  • To be handicapped by carrying additional weight, as in horse-racing.
  • n. Land which separates navigable waters and across which a canoe or other boat must be carried; a detour around obstructions in a stream; a portage.
  • n. The act of carrying a canoe or boat and its freight over land separating navigable waters, or around obstructions in a stream.
  • n. The motion of the clouds as they are carried by the wind; the clouds themselves thus carried; cloud-drift.
  • n.
  • n. The firmament or sky.
  • n. A wagon.
  • n. In falconry, the manner in which a hawk flies away with the quarry.
  • n. The position of a weapon when the military command to carry arms is complied with: as, to bring a rifle to the carry.
  • n. In golf, the distance from the spot from which a ball is driven to the place where it first alights.

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

  • v. behave in a certain manner
  • n. the act of carrying something
  • v. include as the content; broadcast or publicize
  • v. extend to a certain degree
  • v. cover a certain distance or advance beyond
  • v. continue or extend
  • v. capture after a fight
  • v. move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body
  • v. take further or advance
  • v. pass on a communication
  • v. have on the surface or on the skin
  • v. win approval or support for
  • v. transmit or serve as the medium for transmission
  • v. be pregnant with
  • v. drink alcohol without showing ill effects
  • v. sing or play against other voices or parts
  • v. be successful in
  • v. have as an inherent or characteristic feature or have as a consequence
  • v. have or possess something abstract
  • v. have with oneself; have on one's person
  • v. compensate for a weaker partner or member by one's own performance
  • v. be able to feed
  • v. support or hold in a certain manner
  • v. be conveyed over a certain distance
  • v. keep up with financial support
  • v. be equipped with (a mast or sail)
  • v. bear (a crop)
  • v. include, as on a list
  • v. have a certain range
  • v. propel,
  • v. transfer (a number, cipher, or remainder) to the next column or unit's place before or after, in addition or multiplication
  • v. contain or hold; have within
  • v. propel or give impetus to
  • v. pursue a line of scent or be a bearer
  • v. transfer (entries) from one account book to another
  • v. have on hand
  • v. win in an election
  • v. be necessarily associated with or result in or involve
  • v. secure the passage or adoption (of bills and motions)
  • v. bear or be able to bear the weight, pressure,or responsibility of
  • v. serve as a means for expressing something


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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