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verb (used with object)
  1. to carry, bring, or take from one place to another; transport; bear.
  2. to communicate; impart; make known: to convey a wish.
  3. to lead or conduct, as a channel or medium; transmit.
  4. Law. to transfer; pass the title to.
  5. Archaic. steal; purloin.
  6. Obsolete. to take away secretly.

Origin of convey

1250–1300; Middle English conveyen < Anglo-French conveier < Vulgar Latin *conviāre, equivalent to con- con- + -viāre, derivative of via way; see via
Related formscon·vey·a·ble, adjectivepre·con·vey, verb (used with object)qua·si-con·veyed, adjectivewell-con·veyed, adjective

Synonyms for convey

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1. move.

Synonym study

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

Examples from the Web for convey

Contemporary Examples of convey

Historical Examples of convey

  • But the voice from behind the door was not a servant's, nor did it convey the intelligence we all awaited.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • We can convey the intelligence of your mischance to her: the porter will befriend you.

    Calderon The Courtier

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Mr Pancks answered, with an unction which there is no language to convey, 'We rather think so.'

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • It is there not so much to convey a meaning as to wake a meaning.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • When I have no events to relate, still I must write to convey to you my sentiments.

British Dictionary definitions for convey


verb (tr)
  1. to take, carry, or transport from one place to another
  2. to communicate (a message, information, etc)
  3. (of a channel, path, etc) to conduct, transmit, or transfer
  4. law to transmit or transfer (the title to property)
  5. archaic to steal
Derived Formsconveyable, adjective

Word Origin for convey

C13: from Old French conveier, from Medieval Latin conviāre to escort, from Latin com- with + via way
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Word Origin and History for convey

c.1300, "to go along with;" late 14c., "to carry, transport;" from Anglo-French conveier, from Old French convoier "to escort" (Modern French convoyer), from Vulgar Latin *conviare "to accompany on the way," from Latin com- "together" (see com-) + via "way, road" (see via). It was a euphemism for "steal" 15c.-17c., which helped broaden its meaning. Related: Conveyed; conveying.

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