verb (used with object)

to carry, bring, or take from one place to another; transport; bear.
to communicate; impart; make known: to convey a wish.
to lead or conduct, as a channel or medium; transmit.
Law. to transfer; pass the title to.
Archaic. steal; purloin.
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

1. move.

Synonym study

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

Examples from the Web for conveyed

Contemporary Examples of conveyed

Historical Examples of conveyed

  • She was conveyed to the palace in a cedar carriage, carefully screened from observation.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Examples will give a better notion of this than can be conveyed by any definition.

  • The most startling—the most painful intelligence has just been conveyed to me.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • She did not see its name, and if she had it would naturally not have conveyed any idea to her.

  • Lieutenant Craswell took charge of these and conveyed them safely to Winter Harbour.

    The Field of Ice

    Jules Verne

British Dictionary definitions for conveyed


verb (tr)

to take, carry, or transport from one place to another
to communicate (a message, information, etc)
(of a channel, path, etc) to conduct, transmit, or transfer
law to transmit or transfer (the title to property)
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 conveyed



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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