Nearby words

  1. carrot fly,
  2. carrot-and-stick,
  3. carrot-top,
  4. carroty,
  5. carrousel,
  6. carry a torch for,
  7. carry a tune,
  8. carry away,
  9. carry back,
  10. carry coals to newcastle


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

8. support. 14. gain, secure.

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for carryable


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

(also intr) to take or bear (something) from one place to anotherto carry a baby in one's arms
to transfer for consideration; takehe carried his complaints to her superior
to have on one's personhe always carries a watch
(also intr) to be transmitted or serve as a medium for transmittingsound carries best over water
to contain or be capable of containingthe jug carries water
to bear or be able to bear the weight, pressure, or responsibility ofher efforts carry the whole production
to have as an attribute or resultthis crime carries a heavy penalty
to bring or communicateto carry news
(also intr) to be pregnant with (young)she is carrying her third child
to bear (the head, body, etc) in a specified mannershe carried her head high
to conduct or bear (oneself) in a specified mannershe carried herself well in a difficult situation
to continue or extendthe war was carried into enemy territory
to cause to move or godesire for riches carried him to the city
to influence, esp by emotional appealhis words carried the crowd
to secure the passage of (a bill, motion, etc)
to win (an election)
to obtain victory for (a candidate or measure) in an election
mainly US to win a plurality or majority of votes in (a district, legislative body, etc)the candidate carried 40 states
to captureour troops carried the town
(of communications media) to include as the contentthis newspaper carries no book reviews
accounting to transfer (an item) to another account, esp to transfer to the following year's account instead of writing off against profit and lossto carry a loss Also (esp US): carry over
maths to transfer (a number) from one column of figures to the next, as from units to tens in multiplication and addition
(of a shop, trader, etc) to keep in stockto carry confectionery
to support (a musical part or melody) against the other parts
to sustain (livestock)this land will carry twelve ewes to the acre
to maintain (livestock) in good health but without increasing their weight or obtaining any products from them
(intr) (of a ball, projectile, etc) to travel through the air or reach a specified pointhis first drive carried to the green
sport, esp golf (of a ball) to travel beyondthe drive carried the trees
(intr) (of a gun) to have a range as specifiedthis rifle carries for 1200 yards
to retain contact with and pursue (a line of scent)
(intr) (of ground) to be in such a condition that scent lies well upon it
ice hockey to move (the puck) forwards, keeping it against the blade of the stick
informal to imbibe (alcoholic drink) without showing ill effects
(intr) slang to have drugs on one's person
carry all before one to win unanimous support or approval for oneself
carry a tune to be able to sing in tune
carry the can informal to take the responsibility for some misdemeanour, etc (on behalf of)
carry the day to win a contest or competition; succeed

noun plural -ries

the act of carrying
US and Canadian a portion of land over which a boat must be portaged
the range of a firearm or its projectile
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

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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Word Origin and History for carryable
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Idioms and Phrases with carryable


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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