- 1cart something (+ adv./prep.) to carry something in a cart or other vehicle The rubbish is then carted away for recycling.
- 2cart something + adv./prep. (informal) to carry something that is large, heavy or awkward in your hands We had to cart our luggage up six flights of stairs.
- 3cart somebody + adv./prep. (informal) to take somebody somewhere, especially with difficulty The demonstrators were carted off to the local police station. Word Origin Middle English: from Old Norse kartr, probably influenced by Anglo-Norman French and Old Northern French carete, diminutive of carre, based on Latin carrum, carrus, of Celtic origin.Extra examples Convicted criminals were carted about the streets. He was yelling and shouting as they carted him away. I was unconscious and had to be carted off to a hospital. The rubbish is carted away for recycling. They carted the logs back up to the house. We had to cart our bags up eight flights of stairs.
BrE BrE//kɑːt//; NAmE NAmE//kɑːrt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cart
BrE BrE//kɑːt//; NAmE NAmE//kɑːrt//he / she / it carts
BrE BrE//kɑːts//; NAmE NAmE//kɑːrts//past simple carted
BrE BrE//ˈkɑːtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːrtɪd//past participle carted
BrE BrE//ˈkɑːtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːrtɪd//-ing form carting
BrE BrE//ˈkɑːtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːrtɪŋ//