carry-out

or car·ry·out

[ kar-ee-out ]
/ ˈkær iˌaʊt /

noun, adjective

Origin of carry-out

1965–70, Americanism; adj. use of verb phrase carry out

Definition for carry out (2 of 2)

Origin of carry

1275–1325; Middle English carien < Anglo-French carier < Late Latin carricāre, apparently variant of *carrūcāre, derivative of Latin carrūca traveling carriage < Celtic; see car1
Related forms
Can be confusedcaries carries

Synonym study

1. 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.
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British Dictionary definitions for carry out (1 of 2)

carry out


verb (tr, adverb)

to perform or cause to be implementedI wish he could afford to carry out his plan
to bring to completion; accomplish

noun carry-out mainly Scot

alcohol bought at a pub or off-licence for consumption elsewhere
  1. hot cooked food bought at a shop or restaurant for consumption elsewhere
  2. a shop or restaurant that sells such foodwe'll get something from the Chinese carry-out
  3. (as modifier)a carry-out shop

British Dictionary definitions for carry out (2 of 2)

carry

/ (ˈkærɪ) /

verb -ries, -rying or -ried (mainly tr)

noun plural -ries

Word Origin for carry

C14 carien, from Old Northern French carier to move by vehicle, from car, from Latin carrum transport wagon; see car
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Idioms and Phrases with carry out (1 of 2)

carry out


1

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]

2

Put in practice or effect, as in We will carry out the new policy, or Please carry out my instructions. [Mid-1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with carry out (2 of 2)

carry


In addition to the idioms beginning with carry

  • carry a torch for
  • carry a tune
  • carry away
  • carry coals to Newcastle
  • carry forward
  • carrying charge
  • carry off
  • carry on
  • carry out
  • carry over
  • carry the ball
  • carry the can
  • carry the day
  • carry the torch
  • carry through
  • carry too far
  • carry weight

also see:

  • fetch and carry
  • (carry) off someone's feet
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