UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈkæri/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈkæri/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(karē)

Inflections of 'carry' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": carries
Inflections of 'carry' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
car•ry /ˈkæri/USA pronunciation   v.,  -ried, -ry•ing. 
  1. [+ object] to move (something) while holding or supporting;
    transport: I'll carry the groceries home.
  2. [+ object] to wear, hold, or have around one: I always carry my driver's license.
  3. [+ object;  usually not: be + ~-ing] to contain or be capable of containing;
    hold: The minivan carries seven people.
  4. [+ object] to serve as a way of sending or transmitting (something);
    communicate: The networks carried her speech live.
  5. [no object] to be able to reach some distance;
    be transmitted or sent: Sounds carry well over water.
  6. [+ object] to be the means of moving (something) by force;
    drive: The flood carried cars and houses downriver.
  7. to be pregnant with:[+ object]She may be carrying twins.
  8. Music and Dance to sing (a melody) on pitch:[+ object]He could barely carry a tune.
  9. [+ oneself] to hold (oneself ) in a certain manner;
    behave in a certain way: carries herself with dignity.
    • [no object] (of a bill) to pass through a process of voting:The motion carried by a vote of fifty to thirty-one.
    • [+ object] to obtain the passage of (a bill):The committee carried the bill.
  10. to gain a majority of votes in (a state, etc.):[+ object;  not: be + ~-ed]The president is not sure he can carry his own state in the election.
  11. to support or bear the weight or burden of (something not performing well):[+ object]The star carried the whole play.
  12. [+ object;  not: be + ~-ing] (of an action) to have as a consequence: Failing to pay your fine carries an additional penalty of fifty dollars.
  13. Business to keep on hand or in a store for sale:[+ object]We don't carry that brand in this store.
  14. carry away, [+ away + object;  usually: be + ~-ed + away] to stir strong emotions in;
    cause to lose control:Don't get carried away—it's only a movie.
  15. carry forward,
    • to make progress with: [+ forward + object]They'll want to carry forward his plans.[+ object + forward]Let's carry the plans forward.
  16. carry off,
    • to win (a prize or honor): [+ off + object]She carried off all the prizes in mathematics.[+ object + off]She carried the prizes off last year.
    • to deal with successfully: [+ off + object]The disorganized junta couldn't carry off the coup.[+ object + off]I thought we carried it off pretty smoothly.
  17. carry on,
    • [ + on + obj] to manage;
      conduct:I don't know if we can carry on a conversation here.
    • [ no obj;
      often: ~ + on + with + obj] to continue without stopping;
      persevere:I carried on with my work while the kids were howling.
    • to be noisy, loud, or excited;
      be disruptive;
      act up:"Stop carrying on like that or you'll get detention,'' she yelled.
    • [+ on + with + object] to have a sexual relationship with:Who was he carrying on with this time?
  18. carry out,
    • to put into operation;
      execute: [+ object + out]expected the troops to carry his orders out. [+ out + object]Can you carry out this plan?
    • to accomplish;
      complete: [ + out + obj]:He carried out his plan to return to college.[ + obj + out]:He was determined to carry it out.
  19. carry through,
    • to accomplish;
      complete: [+ through + object]She carried through her plan to invest in the stock market.[+ object + through]She carried the plan through.
    • [+ object + through + object] to support or help through a difficult situation:Her support carried him through the crisis.
    • [no object;  often: ~ + through + to + object] to continue to be present:Violence done to children will carry through to the next generation.
  1. carry the day, to succeed in a situation by persuading others:I'm sure he'll carry the day.
  2. carry (something) too far, [ + obj + too far] to do (something) too much;
    overdo:Don't you think you're carrying this argument a little too far?

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
car•ry  (karē),USA pronunciation v.,  -ried, -ry•ing, n., pl.  -ries. 
  1. to take or support from one place to another;
    transport:He carried her for a mile in his arms. This elevator cannot carry more than ten people.
  2. to wear, hold, or have around one:He carries his knife in his pocket. He carries a cane.
  3. to contain or be capable of containing;
    hold:The suitcase will carry enough clothes for a week.
  4. to serve as an agency or medium for the transmission of:The wind carried the sound. He carried the message to me.
  5. to be the means of conveying or transporting (something or someone):The wind carried the balloon out of sight.
  6. to be pregnant with:His wife is carrying twins.
  7. to put ahead to a subsequent time, page, etc., or to a higher authority;
    continue or transfer:to carry a case to a higher court; to carry a footnote to a new page.
  8. to bear the weight, burden, etc., of;
    sustain:These piers once carried an arch.
  9. to take (a leading or guiding part), as in singing;
    bear or sustain (a part or melody).
  10. to hold (the body, head, etc.) in a certain manner:She carries her head high.
  11. to behave or comport (oneself ):She carries herself with decorum.
  12. to take the initiative in (a contest):The Giants carried the game to the Browns.
  13. to secure the adoption of (a motion or bill).
  14. to get a plurality or majority of electoral votes in (a district).
  15. to extend or continue in a given direction or to a certain point:to carry the war into enemy territory.
  16. to bring, impart, hear, transmit, or communicate news, a message, etc.
  17. to lead or influence by emotional or intellectual appeal:The actor carried his audience with him.
  18. to bear the major burden of (a group, performance, etc.) by superior talent, determination, etc.:The star carried the whole play.
  19. to serve as a conduit for:This pipe carries water to the house.
  20. to have as an attribute, property, consequence, etc.;
    presume or entail:Violation carries a penalty of five years in prison.
  21. to support or give validity to (a related claim, argument, etc.):One decision carries another.
  22. [Com.]
    • to keep on hand or in stock.
    • to keep on the account books.
  23. to bear as a crop:This land will not carry corn.
  24. to sustain or support:Our grain supply will carry the cattle through the winter. This money will carry us for about a week.
  25. to be enrolled for or to undertake as an amount of work:New students are advised not to carry more than 16 credits.
  26. [Golf.]to advance beyond or go by (an object or expanse) with one stroke.
  27. [Ice Hockey.]to cause (a puck) to move forward along the ice and in one's control by a series of light, short taps with the stick.
  28. [Hunting.]to retain and pursue (a scent).
  29. (in addition) to transfer (a number) from one denomination to the succeeding one.
  30. to have as a maximum working pressure:This boiler carries 190 pounds per square inch.

  1. to act as a bearer or conductor.
  2. to have or exert propelling force.
  3. to be transmitted, propelled, or sustained:My voice carries farther than his.
  4. (of a horse) to bear the head in a particular manner while in action:The horse carries well.
  5. carry all before one, to be highly successful:In his academic and social life he carried all before him.
  6. carry a tune, to sing a melody accurately or on key.
  7. carry away: 
    • to influence greatly or unreasonably, esp. emotionally;
      transport:The spectators were carried away by the appeal to their patriotism.
    • [Naut.](of the wind or sea) to dislodge or send overboard.
    • [Naut.](of a vessel) to lose (an object or objects) through breakage.
    • [Naut.](of a rope or chain) to break under strain.
  8. carry back, [Accountableing.]to apply (an unused credit or operating loss) to the net income of a prior period in order to reduce the tax for that period.
  9. carry forward: 
    • to make progress with.
    • [Bookkeeping.]to transfer (an amount) to the next page, column, or book.
    • [Accountableing.]to apply (an unused credit or operating loss) to the net income of a succeeding period in order to reduce the tax for that period.
  10. carry it off, [Informal.]to succeed in an action, endeavor, or scheme.
  11. carry off: 
    • to win (a prize, honor, etc.).
    • to cause the death of:The Black Plague in the Middle Ages carried off more than one-fourth of the population of Europe.
  12. carry on: 
    • to manage;
    • to continue without stopping:Rescue operations were carried on in spite of the storm.
    • to continue to live, work, etc., despite a setback or tragedy;
    • [Informal.]to behave in an agitated, foolish, or indiscreet manner.
    • to misbehave or be disruptive;
      act up.
    • [Naut.]to proceed under excessive sail for the weather conditions.
  13. carry out: 
    • to put into operation;
      execute:He doesn't have the funds to carry out his design.
    • to effect or accomplish;
      complete:They carried out their plan without incident.
  14. carry over: 
    • to hold until a later time;
    • to be left;
    • [Bookkeeping.]to transfer (an amount) to the next page, column, or book.
    • [Accountableing.]to apply (an unused credit or operating loss) to the net income of a succeeding period in order to reduce the tax for that period.
    • to extend from one activity or time to another:He does not carry over his business ethics into his personal relationships.
  15. British Termscarry the can. See  can2 (def. 10).
  16. carry the day, to win the contest or be triumphant;
    prevail. The Republicans carried the day.
  17. carry through: 
    • to accomplish;
    • to support or help through a difficult situation.
    • to continue or be prevalent in;
      persist:a theme that carried through all his writing.
  18. carry too far, to exceed the limits of;
    go to excess with:She is carrying her crusading too far.

  1. range, as of a gun.
  2. [Golf.]the distance a stroked ball travels.
  3. land that separates navigable waters and over which a canoe or boat must be carried;
  4. a carrying.
carri•a•ble, carry•a•ble, adj. 
  • Celtic; see car1
  • Late Latin carricāre, apparently variant of *carrūcāre, derivative of Latin carrūca traveling carriage
  • Anglo-French carier
  • Middle English carien 1275–1325
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Carry, convey, transport, transmit imply taking or sending something from one place to another.
      Carry means to take by means of the hands, a vehicle, etc.:to carry a book; The boat carried a heavy load.Convey means to take by means of a nonhuman carrier:The wheat was conveyed to market by train.However, news, information, etc., can be
      conveyed by a human carrier:The secretary conveyed the message.Transport means to carry or convey goods, now usually by vehicle or vessel:to transport milk to customers.Transmit implies sending or transferring messages or hereditary tendencies:to transmit a telegram.
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged support.
    • 14.See corresponding entry in Unabridged gain, secure.

Car•ry  (kare),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a male given name, form of  Carew. 
  2. a female given name, form of  Caroline. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
carry /ˈkærɪ/ vb ( -ries, -rying, -ried)(mainly tr)
  1. (also intr) to take or bear (something) from one place to another
  2. to transfer for consideration; take: he carried his complaints to her superior
  3. to have on one's person: he always carries a watch
  4. (also intr) to be transmitted or serve as a medium for transmitting: sound carries best over water
  5. to bear or be able to bear the weight, pressure, or responsibility of: her efforts carry the whole production
  6. to have as an attribute or result: this crime carries a heavy penalty
  7. to bring or communicate: to carry news
  8. (also intr) to be pregnant with (young)
  9. to bear (the head, body, etc) in a specified manner: she carried her head high
  10. to conduct or bear (oneself) in a specified manner: she carried herself well in a difficult situation
  11. to continue or extend: the war was carried into enemy territory
  12. to cause to move or go: desire for riches carried him to the city
  13. to influence, esp by emotional appeal: his words carried the crowd
  14. to secure the passage of (a bill, motion, etc)
  15. to win (an election)
  16. to obtain victory for (a candidate or measure) in an election
  17. chiefly US to win a plurality or majority of votes in (a district, legislative body, etc): the candidate carried 40 states
  18. to capture: our troops carried the town
  19. (of communications media) to include as the content: this newspaper carries no book reviews
  20. to transfer (an item) to another account, esp to transfer to the following year's account instead of writing off against profit and loss
    Also (esp US): carry over : to carry a loss
  21. to transfer (a number) from one column of figures to the next, as from units to tens in multiplication and addition
  22. (of a shop, trader, etc) to keep in stock: to carry confectionery
  23. to support (a musical part or melody) against the other parts
  24. (intransitive) (of a ball, projectile, etc) to travel through the air or reach a specified point: his first drive carried to the green
  25. informal to imbibe (alcoholic drink) without showing ill effects
  26. (intransitive) slang to have drugs on one's person
  27. carry all before oneto win unanimous support or approval for oneself
  28. carry the caninformal to take the responsibility for some misdemeanour, etc (on behalf of)
  29. carry the dayto win a contest or competition; succeed
n ( pl -ries)
  1. the act of carrying
  2. US Canadian a portion of land over which a boat must be portaged
  3. the range of a firearm or its projectile
  4. the distance travelled by a ball, etc, esp (in golf) the distance from where the ball is struck to where it first touches the ground

See also carry away, carry forward, carry off, carry on, carry out, carry over, carry throughEtymology: 14th Century carien, from Old Northern French carier to move by vehicle, from car, from Latin carrum transport wagon; see car
'carry' also found in these entries:
Synonyms: ferry, more...
Collocations: carry [a gun, drugs, her bag, your driving license], the [football, kick, jump] had a lot of carry, carrying a (heavy) [load, weight, burden], more...

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