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convoy

[verb kon-voi, kuh n-voi; noun kon-voi]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to accompany or escort, usually for protection: A destroyer convoyed the merchant ship.
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noun
  1. the act of convoying.
  2. the protection provided by an escort.
  3. a ship, fleet, group of vehicles, etc., accompanied by a protecting escort.
  4. an armed force, warship, etc., that escorts, especially for protection.
  5. any group of military vehicles traveling together under the same orders.
  6. Citizens Band Radio Slang. two or more CB-equipped vehicles traveling together.
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Origin of convoy

1325–75; Middle English convoyen < Middle French convoier, Anglo-French conveier to convey
Related formsun·con·voyed, adjective

Synonym study

1. See accompany.
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Examples from the Web for convoy

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  • We got to sea, at last, two transports, under the convoy of the Pictou.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The second attack on the Scandinavian convoy occurred on 12th December.

    Submarine Warfare of To-day

    Charles W. Domville-Fife

  • You have so impressed me with your skill, that, if I dared, I'd ask you to convoy me up.

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • "Let me be your convoy, then," said Travers, good-naturedly.

    The O'Donoghue

    Charles James Lever

  • Edgar was not on board the Tigre when she fell in with the convoy of wounded.

    At Aboukir and Acre

    George Alfred Henty


British Dictionary definitions for convoy

convoy

noun
  1. a group of merchant ships with an escort of warships
  2. a group of land vehicles assembled to travel together
  3. the act of travelling or escorting by convoy (esp in the phrase in convoy)
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verb
  1. (tr) to escort while in transit
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French convoier to convey
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Word Origin and History for convoy

n.

early 16c., "the act of guiding or escorting for protection," from convoy (v.), late 14c., from Old French convoier, from Vulgar Latin *conviare, literally "go together on the road" (see convey). The meaning "train of ships or wagons carrying munitions or provisions in wartime under protection of escort" is from c.1600.

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