AskDefine | Define carry

Dictionary Definition

carry n : the act of carrying something

Verb

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" [syn: 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" [syn: 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" [syn: 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" [syn: 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" [syn: hold, bear]
7 contain or hold; have within; "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water" [syn: 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" [syn: 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" [syn: behave, acquit, bear, deport, conduct, comport]
14 have on hand; "Do you carry kerosene heaters?" [syn: 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" [syn: run]
16 propel, "Carry the ball"; "dribble the ball" [syn: 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 win approval or support for; "Carry all before one"; "His speech did not sway the voters" [syn: persuade, sway]
23 compensate for a weaker partner or member by one's own performance; "I resent having to carry her all the time"
24 take further or advance; "carry a cause"
25 have on the surface or on the skin; "carry scars"
26 capture after a fight; "The troops carried the town after a brief fight"
27 transfer (entries) from one account book to another [syn: post]
28 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"
29 pursue a line of scent or be a bearer; "the dog was taught to fetch and carry"
30 bear (a crop); "this land does not carry olives"
31 propel or give impetus to; "The sudden gust of air propelled the ball to the other side of the fence"
32 drink alcohol without showing ill effects; "He can hold his liquor"; "he had drunk more than he could carry" [syn: hold]
33 be able to feed; "This land will carry ten cows to the acre"
34 have a certain range; "This rifle carries for 3,000 feet"
35 cover a certain distance or advance beyond; "The drive carried to the green"
36 secure the passage or adoption (of bills and motions); "The motion carried easily"
37 be successful in; "She lost the game but carried the match"
38 sing or play against other voices or parts; "He cannot carry a tune"
39 be pregnant with; "She is bearing his child"; "The are expecting another child in January"; "I am carrying his child" [syn: have a bun in the oven, bear, gestate, expect] [also: carried]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From carier (modern French: charrier).

Pronunciation

  • , /ˈkɜ.ɹi/, /"k

Extensive Definition

Carry or carrying can mean:

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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