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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkæɹ.ɪ/
- Rhymes: -æɹi
- (General American) enPR: kărʹē
- (transitive) To lift (something) and take it to another place; to transport (something) by lifting.
- 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter II, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
- Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers, of errand not wholly obvious to their fellows, yet of such sort as to call into query alike the nature of their errand and their own relations. It is easily earned repetition to state that Josephine St. Auban's was a presence not to be concealed.
- 2013 June 29, “Unspontaneous combustion”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 29:
- Since the mid-1980s, when Indonesia first began to clear its bountiful forests on an industrial scale in favour of lucrative palm-oil plantations, “haze” has become an almost annual occurrence in South-East Asia. The cheapest way to clear logged woodland is to burn it, producing an acrid cloud of foul white smoke that, carried by the wind, can cover hundreds, or even thousands, of square miles.
- (transitive) To notionally transfer from one place (such as a country, book, or column) to another.
- to carry the war from Greece into Asia
- to carry an account to the ledger
- (transitive) To convey by extension or continuance; to extend.
- The builders are going to carry the chimney through the roof. They would have carried the road ten miles further, but ran out of materials.
- (transitive, chiefly archaic) To move; to convey using force
- (transitive) To lead or guide.
- (transitive) To stock or supply (something); to have in store.
- The corner drugstore doesn't carry his favorite brand of aspirin.
- (transitive) To adopt (something); take (something) over.
- I think I can carry Smith's work while she is out.
- (transitive) To adopt or resolve on, especially in a deliberative assembly
- The court carries that motion.
- (transitive, arithmetic) In an addition, to transfer the quantity in excess of what is countable in the units in a column to the column immediately to the left in order to be added there.
- Five and nine are fourteen; carry the one to the tens place.
- (transitive) To have, hold, possess or maintain (something).
- Always carry sufficient insurance to protect against a loss.
- (intransitive) To be transmitted; to travel.
- The sound of the bells carried for miles on the wind.
- 1912, Stratemeyer Syndicate, chapter 1, in Baseball Joe on the School Nine:
- It might seem easy to hit the head of a barrel at that distance, but either the lads were not expert enough or else the snowballs, being of irregular shapes and rather light, did not carry well. Whatever the cause, the fact remained that the barrel received only a few scattering shots and these on the outer edges of the head.
- (slang, transitive) To insult, to diss.
- (transitive, nautical) To capture a ship by coming alongside and boarding.
- (transitive, sports) To transport (the ball) whilst maintaining possession.
- 2011 December 21, Tom Rostance, “Fulham 0-5 Man Utd”, in BBC Sport:
- Nani collected the ball on the halfway line, drifted past Bryan Ruiz, and carried the ball unchallenged 50 yards down the left before picking out Welbeck for a crisp finish from seven yards.
- (transitive) To have on one's person.
- she always carries a purse; marsupials carry their young in a pouch
- 2013 July 20, “Old soldiers?”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8845:
- Whether modern, industrial man is less or more warlike than his hunter-gatherer ancestors is impossible to determine. […] One thing that is true, though, is that murder rates have fallen over the centuries, as policing has spread and the routine carrying of weapons has diminished. Modern society may not have done anything about war. But peace is a lot more peaceful.
- To be pregnant (with).
- The doctor said she's carrying twins.
- To have propulsive power; to propel.
- A gun or mortar carries well.
- To hold the head; said of a horse.
- to carry well, i.e. to hold the head high, with arching neck
- (hunting) To have earth or frost stick to the feet when running, as a hare.
- 1892, […] Field […] :
- The frost […] caused the fallows and seeds to ‘carry’ a good deal, and they could only hunt very slowly.
- To bear or uphold successfully through conflict, for example a leader or principle
- 1708, Joseph Addison, The Present State of the War, and the Necessity of an Augmentation:
- the carrying of our main point
- to succeed in (e.g. a contest); to succeed in; to win.
- The Tories carried the election.
- (obsolete) To get possession of by force; to capture.
- 1622, Francis Bacon, History of the Reign of King Henry VII, page 63; republished as Francis Bacon, Francis Godwin, The History of the Reigns of Henry the Seventh, Henry the Eighth, Edward the Sixth, and Queen Mary the First, London: R. Scot, T. Basset, J. Wright, R. Chiswell, and J. Edwyn, 1676:
- The Town [of Bulloign] was both well fortified, and well manned; yet it was distressed, and ready for an Assault: which if it had been given (as was thought) would have cost much blood; but yet the Town would have been carried in the end.
- 1803, John Browne Cutting, A Succinct History of Jamaica; published in Robert Charles Dallas, The History of the Maroons, volume 1, London: Longman and Rees, 1803, page xxxvii:
- But the gallant D’Oyley, landing at the head of his well disciplined band, immediately attacked the Spaniards in their intrenchments, carried the principal fortress by a vigorous assault, destroyed one half of Arnaldo’s forces, and compelled him to return to Cuba with the remainder […]
- To contain; to comprise; have a particular aspect; to show or exhibit
- 2014, Gregg Olsen, Rebecca Morris, If I Can't Have You: Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of her Children:
- Things of little value carry great importance.
- (reflexive) To bear (oneself); to behave or conduct.
- To bear the charges or burden of holding or having, as stocks, merchandise, etc., from one time to another.
- A merchant is carrying a large stock; a farm carries a mortgage; a broker carries stock for a customer; to carry a life insurance.
- (intransitive) To have a weapon on one's person; to be armed.
- 2001, Dana Stabenow, The Singing of the Dead, →ISBN, page 72:
- Nobody looked like they were carrying, other than those who had knives strapped to their belts, although with Alaska's new concealed-carry permit, available to anyone who trundled themselves down to the local police station to take the class, someone in this crowd could have a rocket launcher stuffed into their boot and she'd never know it.
- (gaming) To be disproportionately responsible for a team's success.
- He absolutely carried the game, to the point of killing the entire enemy team by himself.
- (Southern US) to physically transport (in the general sense, not necessarily by lifting)
- Will you carry me to town?
- (Canada, US) To bear a firearm, such as a gun.
- A holster can help you carry in confidence, knowing that your weapon is secure and close at hand.
- (lift and bring to somewhere else): bear, move, transport
- (stock, supply): have, keep, stock, supply
- (adopt): adopt, take on, take over
- (have, maintain): have, maintain
- (be transmitted, travel): be transmitted, travel
- (in arithmetic): borrow (the equivalent reverse procedure in the inverse operation of subtraction)
- as fast as one's legs could carry one
- can't carry a tune in a bucket
- carry all before one
- carry a torch
- carry a torch for
- carry a tune
- carry away
- carry back
- carry bag
- carry coals to Newcastle
- carry conviction
- carry corn
- carry forward
- carrying basket
- carrying basket
- carrying capacity
- carrying pole
- carrying the mantle
- carrying violation
- carry me out
- carry me out and bury me decently
- carry off
- carry on
- carry oneself
- carry one's heart on one's sleeve
- carry one's heart upon one's sleeve
- carry one's own hide to market
- carry one's own weight
- carry one's point
- carry one's weight
- carry out
- carry out one's bat
- carry over
- carry owls to Athens
- carry someone's water
- carry the ball
- carry the bat
- carry the can
- carry the day
- carry the mail
- carry the mantle
- carry the message to Garcia
- carry the torch
- carry the world before one
- carry through
- carry up
- carry water for
- carry weight
- cash and carry
- couldn't carry a note in a bucket
- diamond carry
- dot and carry
- fetch and carry
- firefighter's carry
- hand carry
- mackerel sky and mare's-tails make lofty ships carry low sails
- mackerel sky and mare's-tails make tall ships carry low sails
- Pia carry
- ripple carry
- speak softly and carry a big stick
- talk softly and carry a big stick
- walk softly and carry a big stick
- wife carrying
- → Cantonese: carry
to carry — see bear
to transport by lifting
to stock or supply
to adopt; take over or stand in
in an addition
to transmit or travel
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
Translations to be checked
carry (plural carries)
- A manner of transporting or lifting something; the grip or position in which something is carried.
- Adjust your carry from time to time so that you don't tire too quickly.
- A tract of land over which boats or goods are carried between two bodies of navigable water; a portage.
- 1862, The Atlantic Monthly, volume 10, page 533:
- Undrowned, unducked, as safe from the perils of the broad lake as we had come out of the defiles of the rapids, we landed at the carry below the dam at the lake's outlet.
- (computing) The bit or digit that is carried in an addition operation.
- 1988, Michael A. Miller, The 68000 Microprocessor, page 45:
- On paper, simply add the carry to the next addition; that is, $B2 + $9C + 1. That's fine for paper, but how is it done by computer?
- (finance) The benefit or cost of owning an asset over time.
- The carry on this trade is 25 basis points per annum.
- (golf) The distance travelled by the ball when struck, until it hits the ground.
- (finance) Carried interest.
- (UK, dialect) The sky; cloud-drift.
a manner of transporting or lifting something
bit or digit carried in an addition
carry (Hong Kong Cantonese)
- (in group work) to contribute disproportionately; to contribute for others
- to master; to be suited to (clothing, hairstyle or fashionable items)
- 老實講car唔carry到馬尾頭，係睇年紀多過睇樣 [Cantonese, trad.]
- From: 2018, C Lam@Central, quoting 無鬼用的懦夫, 並唔係長髮飄飄先叫靚女 網友：女仔紮馬尾先係世界級 10位女星清純馬尾示範
- lou5 sat6 gong2 ke1 m4 ke1 wi4 dou3-2 maa5 mei5 tau4, hai6 tai2 nin4 gei2 do1 gwo3 tai2 joeng6-2 [Jyutping]
- To be honest, whether someone is suited to a ponytail depends on age more than how they look
老实讲car唔carry到马尾头，系睇年纪多过睇样 [Cantonese, simp.]
- to master; to handle well; to have to ability of doing something (songs, talents or skills)
- For quotations using this term, see Citations:carry.
- (to contribute disproportionately): free ride