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or car·ry·out

[ kar-ee-out ]

carry out


  1. to perform or cause to be implemented

    I wish he could afford to carry out his plan

  2. to bring to completion; accomplish
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  1. 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 food

      we'll get something from the Chinese carry-out

    3. ( as modifier )

      a carry-out shop

“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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Word History and Origins

Origin of carry-out1

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

The various members met for the first time when they traveled to Gambia at the beginning of December to carry out their plan.

Manttan is keen to carry out research on that Burmese side of the railway as his father worked on that section.

Of the ones that do survive, some will be too disillusioned to carry out an attack.

But none of them managed to be able to acquire the weapons or the bomb materials to carry out either event.

By inciting individual sympathizers to carry out attacks in Western countries, ISIS believes it can advance its cause at no cost.

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

The text of the amendments designed to carry out these recommendations will be submitted by the Board at an early date.

The Professor, passing benevolently on, was glad he had now enough money to carry out his projects.

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

It is by my order that the Turks are being left a free hand to carry out this pious duty.


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What does carry-out mean?

Carry-out (or carryout) refers to food or drinks picked up from a restaurant or other place to be consumed elsewhere, typically at home. It can also refer to the place where you get it, though this is less common unless it’s used as an adjective, as in carry-out place or carry-out service.

In the U.S., this is also called takeout. In the U.K., it’s called takeaway. Other terms that are often used to describe such services are pick-up and to-go.

The term carry-out is based on the phrasal verb carry out, literally meaning to carry something out of a place, like you’d carry the pizza out of the pizzeria. (As a verb, carry out also has other meanings.)

Example: I don’t feel like cooking tonight—let’s just get carry-out from the taco place on the way home.

Where does carry-out come from?

Carry-out was first and is primarily used in the U.S. The first records of the word come from the 1930s. It’s origin is straightforward: when you get carryout, you carry it out of the place where you get it.

The term carry-out is sometimes contrasted with the terms eat-in and delivery, such as on a restaurant sign that says Eat-in / Carry-out / Delivery. Eat-in means there is seating available so that you can eat inside the restaurant, and it’s most often used for casual eateries. However, the term carry-out can be applied to all kinds of restaurants that allow you to come pick up the food and leave with it. Drive-through isn’t usually considered the same as carry-out since you don’t have to enter the building (and literally carry out the food).

In the U.S., the term takeout is probably more popular when it comes to food. However, bars that sell alcoholic beverages to-go (like six-packs of beer) very commonly call this service carry-out.

When carry-out refers to a place that offers such a service, it’s typically used as an adjective, as opposed to a noun. People are much more likely to say Let’s get something from the carry-out place, as opposed to Let’s get something from the carry-out.

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How is carry-out used in real life?

Carry-out is most often associated with casual eateries where you can pick your meal and go eat it at home.



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Does the carry-out menu have everything that’s on the regular menu?