Definition of 'carry'
The act of carrying something
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" [syn: transport, carry]
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" [syn: carry, pack, take]
Transmit or serve as the medium for transmission; "Sound carries well over water"; "The airwaves carry the sound"; "Many metals conduct heat" [syn: impart, conduct, transmit, convey, carry, channel]
Serve as a means for expressing something; "The painting of Mary carries motherly love"; "His voice carried a lot of anger" [syn: carry, convey, express]
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"
Support or hold in a certain manner; "She holds her head high"; "He carried himself upright" [syn: hold, carry, bear]
Contain or hold; have within; "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water" [syn: hold, bear, carry, contain]
Extend to a certain degree; "carry too far"; "She carries her ideas to the extreme"
Continue or extend; "The civil war carried into the neighboring province"; "The disease extended into the remote mountain provinces" [syn: carry, extend]
Be necessarily associated with or result in or involve; "This crime carries a penalty of five years in prison"
Win in an election; "The senator carried his home state"
Include, as on a list; "How many people are carried on the payroll?"
Behave in a certain manner; "She carried herself well"; "he bore himself with dignity"; "They conducted themselves well during these difficult times" [syn: behave, acquit, bear, deport, conduct, comport, carry]
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" [syn: carry, run]
Propel, "Carry the ball"; "dribble the ball" [syn: dribble, carry]
Pass on a communication; "The news was carried to every village in the province"
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"
Be conveyed over a certain distance; "Her voice carries very well in this big opera house"
Keep up with financial support; "The Federal Government carried the province for many years"
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"
Be equipped with (a mast or sail); "This boat can only carry a small sail"
Win approval or support for; "Carry all before one"; "His speech did not sway the voters" [syn: carry, persuade, sway]
Compensate for a weaker partner or member by one's own performance; "I resent having to carry her all the time"
Take further or advance; "carry a cause"
Have on the surface or on the skin; "carry scars"
Capture after a fight; "The troops carried the town after a brief fight"
Transfer (entries) from one account book to another [syn: post, carry]
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"
Pursue a line of scent or be a bearer; "the dog was taught to fetch and carry"
Bear (a crop); "this land does not carry olives"
Propel or give impetus to; "The sudden gust of air propelled the ball to the other side of the fence"
Drink alcohol without showing ill effects; "He can hold his liquor"; "he had drunk more than he could carry" [syn: carry, hold]
Be able to feed; "This land will carry ten cows to the acre"
Have a certain range; "This rifle carries for 3,000 feet"
Cover a certain distance or advance beyond; "The drive carried to the green"
Secure the passage or adoption (of bills and motions); "The motion carried easily"
Be successful in; "She lost the game but carried the match"
Sing or play against other voices or parts; "He cannot carry a tune"
- Carry \Car"ry\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Carried; p. pr. & vb. n. Carrying.] [OF. carier, charier, F. carrier, to cart, from OF. car, char, F. car, car. See Car.]
- 1. To convey or transport in any manner from one place to another; to bear; -- often with away or off. [1913 Webster]
- When he dieth he shall carry nothing away. --Ps. xiix. 17. [1913 Webster]
- Devout men carried Stephen to his burial. --Acts viii, 2. [1913 Webster]
- Another carried the intelligence to Russell. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]
- The sound will be carried, at the least, twenty miles. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]
- 2. 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. [1913 Webster]
- If the ideas . . . were carried along with us in our minds. --Locke. [1913 Webster]
- 3. To move; to convey by force; to impel; to conduct; to lead or guide. [1913 Webster]
- Go, carry Sir John Falstaff to the Fleet. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
- He carried away all his cattle. --Gen. xxxi. 18. [1913 Webster]
- Passion and revenge will carry them too far. --Locke. [1913 Webster]
- 4. 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. [1913 Webster]
- 5. To convey by extension or continuance; to extend; as, to carry the chimney through the roof; to carry a road ten miles farther. [1913 Webster]
- 6. 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. "The greater part carries it." --Shak. [1913 Webster]
- The carrying of our main point. --Addison. [1913 Webster]
- 7. To get possession of by force; to capture. [1913 Webster]
- The town would have been carried in the end. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]
- 8. To contain; to comprise; to bear the aspect of; to show or exhibit; to imply. [1913 Webster]
- He thought it carried something of argument in it. --Watts. [1913 Webster]
- It carries too great an imputation of ignorance. --Lacke. [1913 Webster]
- 9. To bear (one's self); to behave, to conduct or demean; -- with the reflexive pronouns. [1913 Webster]
- He carried himself so insolently in the house, and out of the house, to all persons, that he became odious. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]
- 10. 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. [1913 Webster]
- Carry arms (Mil. Drill), a command of the Manual of Arms directing the soldier to hold his piece in the right hand, the barrel resting against the hollow of the shoulder in a nearly perpendicular position. In this position the soldier is said to stand, and the musket to be held, at carry.
- To carry all before one, to overcome all obstacles; to have uninterrupted success.
- To carry arms (a) To bear weapons. (b) To serve as a soldier.
- To carry away. (a) (Naut.) to break off; to lose; as, to carry away a fore-topmast. (b) To take possession of the mind; to charm; to delude; as, to be carried by music, or by temptation.
- To carry coals, to bear indignities tamely, a phrase used by early dramatists, perhaps from the mean nature of the occupation. --Halliwell.
- To carry coals to Newcastle, to take things to a place where they already abound; to lose one's labor.
- To carry off (a) To remove to a distance. (b) To bear away as from the power or grasp of others. (c) To remove from life; as, the plague carried off thousands.
- To carry on (a) To carry farther; to advance, or help forward; to continue; as, to carry on a design. (b) To manage, conduct, or prosecute; as, to carry on husbandry or trade.
- To carry out. (a) To bear from within. (b) To put into execution; to bring to a successful issue. (c) To sustain to the end; to continue to the end.
- To carry through. (a) To convey through the midst of. (b) To support to the end; to sustain, or keep from falling, or being subdued. "Grace will carry us . . . through all difficulties." --Hammond. (c) To complete; to bring to a successful issue; to succeed.
- To carry up, to convey or extend in an upward course or direction; to build.
- To carry weight. (a) To be handicapped; to have an extra burden, as when one rides or runs. "He carries weight, he rides a race" --Cowper. (b) To have influence. [1913 Webster]
- Carry \Car"ry\, v. i.
- 1. To act as a bearer; to convey anything; as, to fetch and carry. [1913 Webster]
- 2. To have propulsive power; to propel; as, a gun or mortar carries well. [1913 Webster]
- 3. To hold the head; -- said of a horse; as, to carry well i. e., to hold the head high, with arching neck. [1913 Webster]
- 4. (Hunting) To have earth or frost stick to the feet when running, as a hare. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]
- To carry on, to behave in a wild, rude, or romping manner. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]
- Carry \Car"ry\, n.; pl. Carries. A tract of land, over which boats or goods are carried between two bodies of navigable water; a carrying place; a portage. [U.S.] [1913 Webster]
Synonyms of 'carry'
From: Moby Thesaurus
- act up,
- afford support,
- air express,
- back up,
- balance the books,
- be gravid,
- be in,
- be knocked up,
- be pregnant,
- be with child,
- bear the palm,
- bear up,
- bolster up,
- bring off,
- buoy up,
- carry away,
- carry it,
- carry off,
- carry on,
- carry out,
- carry over,
- carry the day,
- carry young,
- cast up accounts,
- charge off,
- close out,
- close the books,
- come out first,
- consort with,
- deal in,
- extend credit,
- finish in front,
- fool around,
- gain the day,
- get to do,
- give credit,
- give support,
- give tick,
- go in for,
- go on,
- go out,
- hold up,
- interest in,
- keep afloat,
- keep at,
- keep books,
- keep on,
- keep up,
- lend support,
- make a killing,
- make an entry,
- play up,
- post up,
- railway express,
- reach out,
- sell on credit,
- shore up,
- stretch out,
- strike a balance,
- take in,
- take the cake,
- take up,
- thrust out,
- trade in,
- traffic in,
- win out,
- win the battle,
- win the laurels,
- win the palm,
- win the prize,
- win through,
Words containing 'Carry'
- To carry off,
- To carry on,
- To carry out,
- To carry through,
- To carry up,
- carry off,
- carry on,
- carry out,
- carry over,
- carry through,
- carrying out,
- Carry arms,
- Carrying place,
- Carrying trade,
- To carry all before one,
- To carry arms,
- To carry away,
- To carry coals,
- To carry the wind,
- To carry weight,
- To fetch and carry,
- card carrying,
- carried away,
- carry away,
- carry back,
- carry forward,
- carry nation,
- carry to term,
- carry weight,
- carry-the can,
- carrying charge,
- carrying cost,
- carrying into action,
- fireman's carry,
- to carry the ball,
- Carry coals to Newcastle,
- To carry coals to Newcastle,
- To carry one's point,
- carry amelia moore nation