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Borrowing from Old French conveier (French convoyer), from Vulgar Latin convio, from Classical Latin via (way). Compare convoy.



convey (third-person singular simple present conveys, present participle conveying, simple past and past participle conveyed)

  1. To transport; to carry; to take from one place to another.
    • Shakespeare
      Convey me to my bed, then to my grave.
    Air conveys sound; words convey ideas.
  2. To communicate; to make known; to portray.
    to convey an impression; to convey information
    • John Locke
      Men fill one another's heads with noise and sound, but convey not thereby their thoughts.
  3. (law) To transfer legal rights (to).
    He conveyed ownership of the company to his daughter.
    • Spenser
      The Earl of Desmond [] secretly conveyed all his lands to feoffees in trust.
  4. (obsolete) To manage with privacy; to carry out.
    • Shakespeare
      I [] will convey the business as I shall find means.
  5. (obsolete) To carry or take away secretly; to steal; to thieve.



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