What does convey mean?

Definitions for convey

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word convey.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. conveyverb

    make known; pass on, of information

    "She conveyed the message to me"

  2. carry, convey, expressverb

    serve as a means for expressing something

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

  3. convey, transmit, communicateverb

    transfer to another

    "communicate a disease"

  4. conveyverb

    transmit a title or property

  5. 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"

  6. bring, convey, takeverb

    take something or somebody with oneself somewhere

    "Bring me the box from the other room"; "Take these letters to the boss"; "This brings me to the main point"

  7. bring, get, convey, fetchverb

    go or come after and bring or take back

    "Get me those books over there, please"; "Could you bring the wine?"; "The dog fetched the hat"


  1. conveyverb

    To transport; to carry; to take from one place to another.

  2. conveyverb

    To communicate; to make known; to portray.

  3. conveyverb

    To transfer legal rights (to).

    He conveyed ownership of the company to his daughter.

  4. Etymology: conveier (confer French convoyer), conviare, from via, "way". Confer "convoy".

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To CONVEYverb

    Etymology: conveho, Latin.

    Let letters be given me to the governours beyond the river, that they may convey me over ’till I come into Judea. Neh. ii. 7.

    I will convey them by sea in floats, unto the place thou shalt appoint me. 1 Kings, v. 9.

    A divine natural right could not be conveyed down, without any plain, natural, or divine rule concerning it. John Locke.

    There was one conveyed out of my house yesterday in this basket. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    Since there appears not to be any ideas in the mind, before the senses have conveyed any in, I conceive that ideas in the understanding are coeval with sensation. John Locke.

    Adam’s property or private dominion could not convey any sovereignty or rule to his heir, who, not having a right to inherit all his father’s possessions, could not thereby come to have any sovereignty over his brethren. John Locke.

    What obscured light the heav’ns did grant,
    Did but convey unto our fearful minds
    A doubtful warrant of immediate death. William Shakespeare, Com. of Err.

    Men fill one another’s heads with noise and sounds, but convey not thereby their thoughts. John Locke.

    That which uses to produce the idea, though conveyed in by the usual organ, not being taken notice of, there follows no sensation. John Locke.

    Some single imperceptible bodies must come from them to the eyes, and thereby convey to the brain some motion which produces those ideas. John Locke.

    They give energy to our expressions, and convey our thoughts in more ardent and intense phrases, than any in our own tongue. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 405.

    Others convey themselves into the mind by more senses than one. John Locke.

    I will convey the business as I shall find means, and acquaint you withal. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Conveyverb

    to carry from one place to another; to bear or transport

  2. Conveyverb

    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; as, air conveys sound; words convey ideas

  3. Conveyverb

    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

  4. Conveyverb

    to impart or communicate; as, to convey an impression; to convey information

  5. Conveyverb

    to manage with privacy; to carry out

  6. Conveyverb

    to carry or take away secretly; to steal; to thieve

  7. Conveyverb

    to accompany; to convoy

  8. Conveyverb

    to play the thief; to steal

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Convey

    kon-vā′, v.t. to carry: to transmit: to impart: to steal: to communicate, as ideas: to make over in law.—adj. Convey′able.—ns. Convey′al; Convey′ance, the means of conveying: a vehicle of any kind: (law) the act of transferring property: the writing which transfers it; Convey′ancer, one whose business is the preparation of deeds for the transference of property; Convey′ancing, the business of a conveyancer; Convey′er. [O. Fr. conveier—L. con, along with, and O. Fr. veie—L. via, a way.]

Editors Contribution

  1. convey

    To express or communicate information.

    He did convey his mother was so looking forward to their wedding.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 27, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Convey is ranked #56972 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Convey surname appeared 358 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Convey.

    93.8% or 336 total occurrences were White.
    2.7% or 10 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.7% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'convey' in Verbs Frequency: #744

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of convey in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of convey in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of convey in a Sentence

  1. Deputy Chief Dave Peletta:

    We are devastated, there are no words to convey the depth of sadness we feel or how heartbroken we are for the family of our young, brave officer.

  2. Johnny Depp:

    The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.

  3. Steven Sestanovich:

    The real agenda of the ministerial is conveying that the United States is not rethinking its commitment to NATO, so far, the administration has not been able to convey that.

  4. President Dr. Brendan Kelly:

    The University of West Georgia has learned of the loss of one of its students, Anna Jones, who passed away following an off-campus incident earlier today, uWG has terminated the employment of Richard Sigman and continues to work with the city of Carrollton Police Department, which leads this ongoing investigation. On behalf of The University of West Georgia, we wish to convey our deepest condolences to Anna's family and many friends.

  5. Charles Casillo:

    He was gay, which she didn’t know at first, he was trying to convey that to her in certain ways without coming right out. For example, he would bring in men that he was dating onto the set to meet her. In later years, Elizabeth would say that it was very obvious. But that didn’t stop this great friendship from forming. Elizabeth once said, ‘I told him things that I’ve never told anyone else and I never will. And he told me things that I will never tell anybody else.’ That’s just the kind of connection they had.

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  • نقل, أبلغArabic
  • предавам, превозвам, пренасям, нося, прехвърлямBulgarian
  • dopravit, sdělit, přepravit, převéstCzech
  • übertragen, befördern, übermitteln, ausrichtenGerman
  • pasar un recado, comunicar, expresar, transportar, transferir, trasladar, dar un recado, cederSpanish
  • رساندنPersian
  • välittää, kuljettaa, ilmaistaFinnish
  • véhiculer, transporter, communiquerFrench
  • iompairIrish
  • מסר, הוביל, העבירHebrew
  • közöl, átruház, kifejez, szállítHungarian
  • menyampaikanIndonesian
  • trasferire, esprimere, trasportare, comunicareItalian
  • 伝える, 運ぶ, 伝播する, 譲渡する, 伝達する, 運搬する, 移譲するJapanese
  • whakawhitiMāori
  • overbrengen, overdragenDutch
  • formidle, overføreNorwegian
  • scedować, przewieźć, przewozić, przekazać, przekazywaćPolish
  • expressar, comunicar, transportar, transferirPortuguese
  • transfera, căra, transporta, transmiteRomanian
  • передать, перенести, передавать, перевозить, перевезти, переносить, транспортировать, донести, передавать правовой титулRussian
  • transportera, förmedla, överlåtaSwedish
  • iletmek, aktarmakTurkish
  • передатиUkrainian

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    a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
    • A. bias
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