Definition of carry verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkæri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæri//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they carry
    BrE BrE//ˈkæri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæri//
    he / she / it carries
    BrE BrE//ˈkæriz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæriz//
    past simple carried
    BrE BrE//ˈkærid//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkærid//
    past participle carried
    BrE BrE//ˈkærid//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkærid//
    -ing form carrying
    BrE BrE//ˈkæriɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæriɪŋ//
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    take with you
  1. 1  [transitive] carry somebody/something to support the weight of somebody/something and take them or it from place to place; to take somebody/something from one place to another He was carrying a suitcase. She carried her baby in her arms. The injured were carried away on stretchers. a train carrying commuters to work
  2. 2  [transitive] carry something to have something with you and take it wherever you go Police in many countries carry guns. I never carry much money on me.
  3. of pipes/wires
  4. 3  [transitive] carry something to contain and direct the flow of water, electricity, etc. a pipeline carrying oil The veins carry blood to the heart.
  5. disease
  6. 4[transitive] carry something if a person, an insect, etc. carries a disease, they are infected with it and might spread it to others although they might not become sick themselves Ticks can carry a nasty disease which affects humans.
  7. remember
  8. 5[transitive] carry something in your head/mind to be able to remember something
  9. support weight
  10. 6[transitive] carry something to support the weight of something A road bridge has to carry a lot of traffic.
  11. responsibility
  12. 7[transitive] carry something to accept responsibility for something; to suffer the results of something He is carrying the department (= it is only working because of his efforts). Their group was targeted to carry the burden of job losses.
  13. have as quality/feature
  14. 8[transitive] carry something to have something as a quality or feature Her speech carried the ring of authority. My views don't carry much weight with (= have much influence on) the boss. Each bike carries a ten-year guarantee.
  15. 9[transitive] carry something to have something as a result Crimes of violence carry heavy penalties. Being a combat sport, karate carries with it the risk of injury.
  16. of throw/kick
  17. 10[intransitive] + noun + adv./prep. if something that is thrown, kicked, etc. carries a particular distance, it travels that distance before stopping The fullback's kick carried 50 metres into the crowd.
  18. of sound
  19. 11[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) if a sound carries, it can be heard a long distance away
  20. take to place/position
  21. 12[transitive] carry something/somebody to/into something to take something/somebody to a particular point or in a particular direction The war was carried into enemy territory. Her abilities carried her to the top of her profession.
  22. approval/support
  23. 13[transitive, usually passive] carry something to approve of something by more people voting for it than against it The resolution was carried by 340 votes to 210.
  24. 14[transitive] to win the support or sympathy of somebody; to persuade people to accept your argument carry somebody His moving speech was enough to carry the audience. carry something She nodded in agreement, and he saw he had carried his point.
  25. have label
  26. 15[transitive] carry something to have a particular label or piece of information attached Cigarettes carry a health warning.
  27. news story
  28. 16[transitive] carry something if a newspaper or broadcast carries a particular story, it publishes or broadcasts it See related entries: Journalism
  29. item in store
  30. 17[transitive] carry something if a shop/store carries a particular item, it has it for sale We carry a range of educational software.
  31. baby
  32. 18[transitive] be carrying somebody to be pregnant with somebody She was carrying twins. See related entries: Pregnancy
  33. yourself
  34. 19[transitive] carry yourself + adv./prep. to hold or move your head or body in a particular way to carry yourself well
  35. adding numbers
  36. 20[transitive] carry something to add a number to the next column on the left when adding up numbers, for example when the numbers add up to more than ten
  37. Word Originlate Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French and Old Northern French carier, based on Latin carrus ‘wheeled vehicle’.Extra examples I always carry my diary with me. I don’t like carrying a lot of money around. She expected him to do all the fetching and carrying. the training necessary to enable them to carry out their duties A train carrying hundreds of commuters was derailed this morning. Blood vessels carry blood to every part of the body. He carried her on his back for over five miles. He carries around an ancient old blanket. He is carrying the whole department. He was carrying a battered suitcase. How are we going to get this home? It’s too heavy to carry. Several of the ships carrying troops to the area were torpedoed. She carried a tiny baby in her arms. Some of the protesters were carrying placards. The boat can carry up to five people. The heated air is carried by flues to the walls. The little girl was exhausted and wanted to be carried. The pipelines carry oil across Siberia. The truck was carrying illegal drugs worth up to $2 million. We do carry green tea, but we don’t have any (in stock) right now. Women here have to carry water two miles from the nearest well.Idioms
    as fast as your legs can carry you
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    as quickly as you can
    to get very excited or lose control of your feelings I got carried away and started shouting at the television.
    carry all/everything before you
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    to be completely successful
    (US English, informal) to take responsibility for getting something done My co-worker was sick, so I had to carry the ball.
    carry the can (for somebody/something)
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    (British English, informal) to accept the blame for something, especially when it is not your fault
    (formal) to be successful against somebody/something Despite strong opposition, the ruling party carried the day.
    carry/take something too far
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    to continue doing something beyond reasonable limits
    carry a torch for somebody
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    to be in love with somebody, especially somebody who does not love you in return See related entries: Love
    fetch and carry (for somebody)
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    to do a lot of little jobs for somebody as if you were their servant Most of her day was spent fetching and carrying for her family.
    Phrasal Verbscarry somebody back (to something)carry somethingforwardcarry somethingoffcarry oncarry on (with something)carry on (with somebody)carry somethingoutcarry overcarry somethingovercarry somebody throughcarry something throughcarry through