What does carry mean?

Definitions for carry
ˈkær icar·ry

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word carry.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. carryverb

    the act of carrying something

  2. transport, carryverb

    move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body

    "You must carry your camping gear"; "carry the suitcases to the car"; "This train is carrying nuclear waste"; "These pipes carry waste water into the river"

  3. carry, pack, takeverb

    have with oneself; have on one's person

    "She always takes an umbrella"; "I always carry money"; "She packs a gun when she goes into the mountains"

  4. impart, conduct, transmit, convey, carry, channelverb

    transmit or serve as the medium for transmission

    "Sound carries well over water"; "The airwaves carry the sound"; "Many metals conduct heat"

  5. carry, convey, expressverb

    serve as a means for expressing something

    "The painting of Mary carries motherly love"; "His voice carried a lot of anger"

  6. carryverb

    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"

  7. hold, carry, bearverb

    support or hold in a certain manner

    "She holds her head high"; "He carried himself upright"

  8. hold, bear, carry, containverb

    contain or hold; have within

    "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water"

  9. carryverb

    extend to a certain degree

    "carry too far"; "She carries her ideas to the extreme"

  10. carry, extendverb

    continue or extend

    "The civil war carried into the neighboring province"; "The disease extended into the remote mountain provinces"

  11. carryverb

    be necessarily associated with or result in or involve

    "This crime carries a penalty of five years in prison"

  12. carryverb

    win in an election

    "The senator carried his home state"

  13. carryverb

    include, as on a list

    "How many people are carried on the payroll?"

  14. behave, acquit, bear, deport, conduct, comport, carryverb

    behave in a certain manner

    "She carried herself well"; "he bore himself with dignity"; "They conducted themselves well during these difficult times"

  15. stock, carry, stockpileverb

    have on hand

    "Do you carry kerosene heaters?"

  16. carry, runverb

    include as the content; broadcast or publicize

    "We ran the ad three times"; "This paper carries a restaurant review"; "All major networks carried the press conference"

  17. dribble, carryverb

    propel, "Carry the ball"

    "dribble the ball"

  18. carryverb

    pass on a communication

    "The news was carried to every village in the province"

  19. carryverb

    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"

  20. carryverb

    be conveyed over a certain distance

    "Her voice carries very well in this big opera house"

  21. carryverb

    keep up with financial support

    "The Federal Government carried the province for many years"

  22. carryverb

    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"

  23. carryverb

    be equipped with (a mast or sail)

    "This boat can only carry a small sail"

  24. carry, persuade, swayverb

    win approval or support for

    "Carry all before one"; "His speech did not sway the voters"

  25. carryverb

    compensate for a weaker partner or member by one's own performance

    "I resent having to carry her all the time"

  26. carryverb

    take further or advance

    "carry a cause"

  27. carryverb

    have on the surface or on the skin

    "carry scars"

  28. carryverb

    capture after a fight

    "The troops carried the town after a brief fight"

  29. post, carryverb

    transfer (entries) from one account book to another

  30. carryverb

    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"

  31. carryverb

    pursue a line of scent or be a bearer

    "the dog was taught to fetch and carry"

  32. carryverb

    bear (a crop)

    "this land does not carry olives"

  33. carryverb

    propel or give impetus to

    "The sudden gust of air propelled the ball to the other side of the fence"

  34. carry, holdverb

    drink alcohol without showing ill effects

    "He can hold his liquor"; "he had drunk more than he could carry"

  35. carryverb

    be able to feed

    "This land will carry ten cows to the acre"

  36. carryverb

    have a certain range

    "This rifle carries for 3,000 feet"

  37. carryverb

    cover a certain distance or advance beyond

    "The drive carried to the green"

  38. carryverb

    secure the passage or adoption (of bills and motions)

    "The motion carried easily"

  39. carryverb

    be successful in

    "She lost the game but carried the match"

  40. carryverb

    sing or play against other voices or parts

    "He cannot carry a tune"

  41. have a bun in the oven, bear, carry, gestate, expectverb

    be pregnant with

    "She is bearing his child"; "The are expecting another child in January"; "I am carrying his child"


  1. carrynoun

    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.

    Etymology: carrien, from carier (modern French: charrier). Replaced native ferien (from ferian) and aberen (from aberan).

  2. carrynoun

    The bit or digit that is carried in an addition.

    Etymology: carrien, from carier (modern French: charrier). Replaced native ferien (from ferian) and aberen (from aberan).

  3. carryverb

    To lift (something) and take it to another place; to transport (something) by lifting.

    Etymology: carrien, from carier (modern French: charrier). Replaced native ferien (from ferian) and aberen (from aberan).

  4. carryverb

    To stock or supply (something).

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

    Etymology: carrien, from carier (modern French: charrier). Replaced native ferien (from ferian) and aberen (from aberan).

  5. carryverb

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

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

    Etymology: carrien, from carier (modern French: charrier). Replaced native ferien (from ferian) and aberen (from aberan).

  6. carryverb

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

    Etymology: carrien, from carier (modern French: charrier). Replaced native ferien (from ferian) and aberen (from aberan).

  7. carryverb

    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.

    Etymology: carrien, from carier (modern French: charrier). Replaced native ferien (from ferian) and aberen (from aberan).

  8. carryverb

    To have or maintain (something).

    Always carry sufficient insurance to protect against a loss.

    Etymology: carrien, from carier (modern French: charrier). Replaced native ferien (from ferian) and aberen (from aberan).

  9. carryverb

    To be transmitted; to travel.

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

    Etymology: carrien, from carier (modern French: charrier). Replaced native ferien (from ferian) and aberen (from aberan).

  10. carryverb

    to capture a ship by coming alongside and boarding

    Etymology: carrien, from carier (modern French: charrier). Replaced native ferien (from ferian) and aberen (from aberan).

  11. carryverb

    To transport (the ball) whilst maintaining possession.

    Etymology: carrien, from carier (modern French: charrier). Replaced native ferien (from ferian) and aberen (from aberan).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Carryverb

    to convey or transport in any manner from one place to another; to bear; -- often with away or off

    Etymology: [U.S.]

  2. Carryverb

    to have or hold as a burden, while moving from place to place; to have upon or about one's person; to bear; as, to carry a wound; to carry an unborn child

    Etymology: [U.S.]

  3. Carryverb

    to move; to convey by force; to impel; to conduct; to lead or guide

    Etymology: [U.S.]

  4. Carryverb

    to transfer from one place (as a country, book, or column) to another; as, to carry the war from Greece into Asia; to carry an account to the ledger; to carry a number in adding figures

    Etymology: [U.S.]

  5. Carryverb

    to convey by extension or continuance; to extend; as, to carry the chimney through the roof; to carry a road ten miles farther

    Etymology: [U.S.]

  6. Carryverb

    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; as, to carry an election

    Etymology: [U.S.]

  7. Carryverb

    to get possession of by force; to capture

    Etymology: [U.S.]

  8. Carryverb

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

    Etymology: [U.S.]

  9. Carryverb

    to bear (one's self); to behave, to conduct or demean; -- with the reflexive pronouns

    Etymology: [U.S.]

  10. Carryverb

    to bear the charges or burden of holding or having, as stocks, merchandise, etc., from one time to another; as, a merchant is carrying a large stock; a farm carries a mortgage; a broker carries stock for a customer; to carry a life insurance

    Etymology: [U.S.]

  11. Carryverb

    to act as a bearer; to convey anything; as, to fetch and carry

    Etymology: [U.S.]

  12. Carryverb

    to have propulsive power; to propel; as, a gun or mortar carries well

    Etymology: [U.S.]

  13. Carryverb

    to hold the head; -- said of a horse; as, to carry well i. e., to hold the head high, with arching neck

    Etymology: [U.S.]

  14. Carryverb

    to have earth or frost stick to the feet when running, as a hare

    Etymology: [U.S.]

  15. Carrynoun

    a tract of land, over which boats or goods are carried between two bodies of navigable water; a carrying place; a portage

    Etymology: [U.S.]


  1. Carry

    In elementary arithmetic a carry is a digit that is transferred from one column of digits to another column of more significant digits during a calculation algorithm. When used in subtraction the operation is called a borrow. It is a central part of traditional mathematics, but is often omitted from curricula based on reform mathematics, which do not emphasize any specific method to find a correct answer.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Carry

    kar′i, v.t. to convey or bear: to lead or transport: to take by force: to effect: to behave or demean: (of money) to be sufficient for a certain purpose: to gain the election of a candidate: to get a bill passed by a majority.—v.i. (of a gun, &c.) to reach, indicating the range of its shot:—pr.p. carr′ying; pa.p. carr′ied.—n. the distance a golf-ball goes when struck till it touches the ground: range: the portage of a boat: land across which a boat has to be carried between one navigable stream and another: the position of 'carry arms,' &c.: (prov.) the sky, cloud-drift.—ns. Carr′ier, one who carries, esp. for hire; Carr′y-all, a light, four-wheeled, one-horsed carriage; Carr′ying, the act of one who carries; Carr′y-tale (Shak.), a tale-bearer.—Carry all before one, to bear down all obstacles; Carry away, to carry off: to excite the feelings: to transport; Carry off, to cause the death of: to gain, to win, as a prize: to cause to pass muster, to make to pass by assurance or dissimulation; Carry on, to promote: to continue: to behave in a certain fashion (a term of mild reprobation); Carry one's point, to overrule objections in favour of one's plan; Carry out, to accomplish fully: to carry out for burial; Carry out one's bat (cricket), to leave the wickets without having been put out; Carry over, to induce to join the other party; Carry the day, or Carry it, to be successful: to win the day; Carry through, to succeed in accomplishing; Carry too far, to exceed reasonable limits; Carry up, to continue a building to a certain height: to trace back; Carry weight, to possess authority: to have force.—Be carried, to be highly excited: to have the head turned. [O. Fr. carier,—Low L. carricāre, to cart—L. carrus, a car.]

Editors Contribution

  1. carry

    To lift with our hands or other element of our body.

    I love to carry the hand weights as I speedwalk on the treadmill at the gym.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'carry' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1073

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'carry' in Written Corpus Frequency: #713

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'carry' in Verbs Frequency: #65

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of carry in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of carry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of carry in a Sentence

  1. Jared Norman:

    It does not surprise me that students carry on campus, honestly, knowing that there are responsible gun owners on campus made me feel safer that day.

  2. Andre Norton:

    As for courage and will - we cannot measure how much of each lies within us, we can only trust there will be sufficient to carry through trials which may lie ahead.

  3. Director David Vigneault:

    The government of China ... is pursuing a strategy for geopolitical advantage on all fronts – economic, technological, political, and military – and using all elements of state power to carry out activities that are a direct threat to our national security and sovereignty.

  4. Desiree Fortin:

    They are the road map to my motherhood. They are a representation of my three miracle babies who I would not have if I did not walk through infertility and carry three human beings at one time.

  5. Melina Abdullah:

    We wanted to be open to thinking about how can we allow her to be a more progressive district attorney and act in the interests of Black people as a whole, when you have somebody who is Black, it doesn't always mean they carry the interests of all Black people.

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