or car·ry·out

[ kar-ee-out ]

noun, adjective

Origin of carry-out

1965–70, Americanism; adj. use of verb phrase carry out Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use carry-out in a sentence

  • They will carry out the dictum of Carlyle that the modern university is a university of books.

    The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
  • The text of the amendments designed to carry out these recommendations will be submitted by the Board at an early date.

    Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
  • The Professor, passing benevolently on, was glad he had now enough money to carry out his projects.

    Uncanny Tales | Various
  • A quite young child will, for example, pretend to do something, as to take an empty cup and carry out the semblance of drinking.

    Children's Ways | James Sully
  • It is by my order that the Turks are being left a free hand to carry out this pious duty.

British Dictionary definitions for carry out

carry out

verb(tr, adverb)
  1. to perform or cause to be implemented: I wish he could afford to carry out his plan

  2. to bring to completion; accomplish

nouncarry-out mainly Scot
  1. alcohol bought at a pub or off-licence for consumption elsewhere

    • hot cooked food bought at a shop or restaurant for consumption elsewhere

    • a shop or restaurant that sells such food: we'll get something from the Chinese carry-out

    • (as modifier): a carry-out shop

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Other Idioms and Phrases with carry-out


Accomplish, bring to a conclusion, as in They carried out the mission successfully. Shakespeare had this term in King Lear (5:1): “And hardly shall I carry out my side, Her husband being alive.” [Late 1500s]

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