Meaning of CARRY in English


I. ˈka-rē, ˈker-ē verb

( car·ried ; car·ry·ing )

Etymology: Middle English carien, from Anglo-French carier to transport, from carre vehicle, from Latin carrus — more at car

Date: 14th century

transitive verb

1. : to move while supporting : transport

her legs refused to carry her further — Ellen Glasgow

2. : to convey by direct communication

carry tales about a friend

3. chiefly dialect : conduct , escort

4. : to influence by mental or emotional appeal : sway

5. : to get possession or control of : capture

carried off the prize

6. : to transfer from one place (as a column) to another

carry a number in adding

7. : to contain and direct the course of

the drain carries sewage


a. : to wear or have on one's person

b. : to bear upon or within one

is carry ing an unborn child


a. : to have or bear especially as a mark, attribute, or property

carry a scar

b. : imply , involve

the crime carried a heavy penalty

10. : to hold or comport (as one's person) in a specified manner

11. : to sustain the weight or burden of

pillars carry an arch

is carry ing a full course load

12. : to bear as a crop

13. : to sing with reasonable correctness of pitch

carry a tune


a. : to keep in stock for sale

b. : to provide sustenance for

land carry ing 10 head of cattle

c. : to have or maintain on a list or record

carry a person on a payroll

carried six guards on the team

15. : to be chiefly or solely responsible for the success, effectiveness, or continuation of

a player capable of carry ing a team

her performance carried the play

16. : to prolong or maintain in space, time, or degree

carry a principle too far

carry the wall above the eaves

carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning


a. : to gain victory for ; especially : to secure the adoption or passage of

b. : to win a majority or plurality of votes in (as a legislative body or a state)

18. : to present for public use or consumption

newspapers carry weather reports

channel nine will carry the game


a. : to bear the charges of holding or having (as stocks or merchandise) from one time to another

b. : to keep on one's books as a debtor

a merchant carries a customer

20. : to hold to and follow after (as a scent)

21. : to hoist and maintain (a sail) in use

22. : to pass over (as a hazard) at a single stroke in golf

carry a bunker

23. : to propel and control (a puck or ball) along a playing surface

intransitive verb

1. : to act as a bearer


a. : to reach or penetrate to a distance

voices carry well

fly balls don't carry well in cold air

b. : to convey itself to a reader or audience

3. : to undergo or admit of carriage in a specified way

4. of a hunting dog : to keep and follow the scent

5. : to win adoption

the motion carried by a vote of 71-25

- carry a torch

- carry the ball

- carry the day

II. noun

( plural car·ries )

Date: 1858

1. : carrying power ; especially : the range of a gun or projectile or of a struck or thrown ball


a. : portage

b. : the act or method of carrying

fireman's carry

c. : the act of rushing with the ball in football

averaged four yards per carry

3. : the position assumed by a color-bearer with the flag or guidon held in position for marching

4. : a quantity that is transferred in addition from one number place to the adjacent one of higher place value

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.