What does carry mean?

Definitions for carry
ˈkær icar·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. carry(verb)

    the act of carrying something

  2. transport, carry(verb)

    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, take(verb)

    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, channel(verb)

    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, express(verb)

    serve as a means for expressing something

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

  6. carry(verb)

    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, bear(verb)

    support or hold in a certain manner

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

  8. hold, bear, carry, contain(verb)

    contain or hold; have within

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

  9. carry(verb)

    extend to a certain degree

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

  10. carry, extend(verb)

    continue or extend

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

  11. carry(verb)

    be necessarily associated with or result in or involve

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

  12. carry(verb)

    win in an election

    "The senator carried his home state"

  13. carry(verb)

    include, as on a list

    "How many people are carried on the payroll?"

  14. behave, acquit, bear, deport, conduct, comport, carry(verb)

    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, stockpile(verb)

    have on hand

    "Do you carry kerosene heaters?"

  16. carry, run(verb)

    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, carry(verb)

    propel, "Carry the ball"

    "dribble the ball"

  18. carry(verb)

    pass on a communication

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

  19. carry(verb)

    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. carry(verb)

    be conveyed over a certain distance

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

  21. carry(verb)

    keep up with financial support

    "The Federal Government carried the province for many years"

  22. carry(verb)

    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. carry(verb)

    be equipped with (a mast or sail)

    "This boat can only carry a small sail"

  24. carry, persuade, sway(verb)

    win approval or support for

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

  25. carry(verb)

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

    "I resent having to carry her all the time"

  26. carry(verb)

    take further or advance

    "carry a cause"

  27. carry(verb)

    have on the surface or on the skin

    "carry scars"

  28. carry(verb)

    capture after a fight

    "The troops carried the town after a brief fight"

  29. post, carry(verb)

    transfer (entries) from one account book to another

  30. carry(verb)

    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. carry(verb)

    pursue a line of scent or be a bearer

    "the dog was taught to fetch and carry"

  32. carry(verb)

    bear (a crop)

    "this land does not carry olives"

  33. carry(verb)

    propel or give impetus to

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

  34. carry, hold(verb)

    drink alcohol without showing ill effects

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

  35. carry(verb)

    be able to feed

    "This land will carry ten cows to the acre"

  36. carry(verb)

    have a certain range

    "This rifle carries for 3,000 feet"

  37. carry(verb)

    cover a certain distance or advance beyond

    "The drive carried to the green"

  38. carry(verb)

    secure the passage or adoption (of bills and motions)

    "The motion carried easily"

  39. carry(verb)

    be successful in

    "She lost the game but carried the match"

  40. carry(verb)

    sing or play against other voices or parts

    "He cannot carry a tune"

  41. have a bun in the oven, bear, carry, gestate, expect(verb)

    be pregnant with

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


  1. carry(Noun)

    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. carry(Noun)

    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. carry(Verb)

    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. carry(Verb)

    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. carry(Verb)

    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. carry(Verb)

    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. carry(Verb)

    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. carry(Verb)

    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. carry(Verb)

    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. carry(Verb)

    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. carry(Verb)

    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. Carry(verb)

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

    Etymology: [U.S.]

  2. Carry(verb)

    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. Carry(verb)

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

    Etymology: [U.S.]

  4. Carry(verb)

    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. Carry(verb)

    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. Carry(verb)

    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. Carry(verb)

    to get possession of by force; to capture

    Etymology: [U.S.]

  8. Carry(verb)

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

    Etymology: [U.S.]

  9. Carry(verb)

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

    Etymology: [U.S.]

  10. Carry(verb)

    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. Carry(verb)

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

    Etymology: [U.S.]

  12. Carry(verb)

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

    Etymology: [U.S.]

  13. Carry(verb)

    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. Carry(verb)

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

    Etymology: [U.S.]

  15. Carry(noun)

    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. Jim McGovern:

    We introduced this bipartisan bill to force a debate on how Congress has failed to carry out its Constitutional duty to authorize our military engagement in Iraq and Syria, for over 10 months the United States has been engaged in hostilities in Iraq and Syria without debating an authorization for this war.

  2. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson:

    This latest statement from al Shabaab reflects the new phase we’ve evolved to in the global terrorist threat, in that you have groups such as al Shabaab and ISIL publicly calling for independent actors in their homelands to carry out attacks, we're beyond the phase now where these groups would send foreign operatives into countries after being trained some place.

  3. David Juurlink:

    Patients should appreciate that, like all drugs, PPIs carry risk. The fact that they're available over the counter doesn't mean they're safe, people who take PPIs and are later found to have kidney problems should ask their physicians whether the drugs might be playing a role.

  4. Edward Bulwer-Lytton:

    Know thyself," said the old philosopher, "improve thyself," saith the new. Our great object in time is not to waste our passions and gifts on the things external that we must leave behind, but that we cultivate within us all that we can carry into the eternal progress beyond.

  5. Olaf Koch:

    We plan an expansion of our investments in digital businesses, modernisation of older stores, more stores for Media Markt and Saturn as well as for Metro Cash & Carry, also in new countries.

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    an unfortunate mishap; especially one causing damage or injury
    • A. accident
    • B. abdomen
    • C. relocation
    • D. decline

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