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Definition of 'carry'


  1. the act of carrying something


  1. move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body; "You must carry your camping gear"; "carry the suitcases to the car"; "This train is carrying nuclear waste"; "These pipes carry waste water into the river"
       Synonyms: transport
  2. have with oneself; have on one's person; "She always takes an umbrella"; "I always carry money"; "She packs a gun when she goes into the mountains"
       Synonyms: pack take
  3. transmit or serve as the medium for transmission; "Sound carries well over water"; "The airwaves carry the sound"; "Many metals conduct heat"
       Synonyms: conduct transmit convey channel
  4. serve as a means for expressing something; "The painting of Mary carries motherly love"; "His voice carried a lot af anger"
       Synonyms: convey express
  5. bear or be able to bear the weight, pressure,or responsibility of; "His efforts carried the entire project"; "How many credits is this student carrying?"; "We carry a very large mortgage"
  6. support or hold in a certain manner; "She holds her head high"; "He carried himself upright"
       Synonyms: hold bear
  7. contain or hold; have within; "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water"
       Synonyms: hold bear contain
  8. extend to a certain degree; "carry too far"; "She carries her ideas to the extreme"
  9. continue or extend; "The civil war carried into the neighboring province"; "The disease extended into the remote mountain provinces"
       Synonyms: extend
  10. be necessarily associated with or result in or involve; "This crime carries a penalty of five years in prison"
  11. win in an election; "The senator carried his home state"
  12. include, as on a list; "How many people are carried on the payroll?"
  13. behave in a certain manner; "She carried herself well"; "he bore himself with dignity"; "They conducted themselves well during these difficult times"
       Synonyms: behave acquit bear deport conduct comport
  14. have on hand; "Do you carry kerosene heaters?"
       Synonyms: stock stockpile
  15. include as the content; broadcast or publicize; "We ran the ad three times"; "This paper carries a restaurant review"; "All major networks carried the press conference"
       Synonyms: run
  16. propel, "Carry the ball"; "dribble the ball"
       Synonyms: dribble
  17. pass on a communication; "The news was carried to every village in the province"
  18. have as an inherent or characteristic feature or have as a consequence; "This new washer carries a two year guarantee"; "The loan carries a high interest rate"; "this undertaking carries many dangers"; "She carries her mother's genes"; "These bonds carry warrants"; "The restaurant carries an unusual name"
  19. be conveyed over a certain distance; "Her voice carries very well in this big opera house"
  20. keep up with financial support; "The Federal Government carried the province for many years"
  21. have or possess something abstract; "I carry her image in my mind's eye"; "I will carry the secret to my grave"; "I carry these thoughts in the back of my head"; "I carry a lot of life insurance"
  22. be equipped with (a mast or sail); "This boat can only carry a small sail"
  23. win approval or support for; "Carry all before one"; "His speech did not sway the voters"
       Synonyms: persuade sway
  24. compensate for a weaker partner or member by one's own performance; "I resent having to carry her all the time"
  25. take further or advance; "carry a cause"
  26. have on the surface or on the skin; "carry scars"
  27. capture after a fight; "The troops carried the town after a brief fight"
  28. transfer (entries) from one account book to another
       Synonyms: post
  29. transfer (a number, cipher, or remainder) to the next column or unit's place before or after, in addition or multiplication; "put down 5 and carry 2"
  30. pursue a line of scent or be a bearer; "the dog was taught to fetch and carry"
  31. bear (a crop); "this land does not carry olives"
  32. propel or give impetus to; "The sudden gust of air propelled the ball to the other side of the fence"
  33. drink alcohol without showing ill effects; "He can hold his liquor"; "he had drunk more than he could carry"
       Synonyms: hold
  34. be able to feed; "This land will carry ten cows to the acre"
  35. have a certain range; "This rifle carries for 3,000 feet"
  36. cover a certain distance or advance beyond; "The drive carried to the green"
  37. secure the passage or adoption (of bills and motions); "The motion carried easily"
  38. be successful in; "She lost the game but carried the match"
  39. sing or play against other voices or parts; "He cannot carry a tune"
  40. be pregnant with; "She is bearing his child"; "The are expecting another child in January"; "I am carrying his child"
       Synonyms: have a bun in the oven bear gestate expect

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