Meaning of CARRY in English


v. & n.

--v. (-ies, -ied)

1. tr. support or hold up, esp. while moving.

2 tr. convey with one from one place to another.

3 tr. have on one's person (carry a watch).

4 tr. conduct or transmit (pipe carries water; wire carries electric current).

5 tr. take (a process etc.) to a specified point (carry into effect; carry a joke too far).

6 tr. (foll. by to) continue or prolong (carry modesty to excess).

7 tr. involve, imply; have as a feature or consequence (carries a two-year guarantee; principles carry consequences).

8 tr. (in reckoning) transfer (a figure) to a column of higher value.

9 tr. hold in a specified way (carry oneself erect).

10 tr. a (of a newspaper or magazine) publish; include in its contents, esp. regularly. b (of a radio or television station) broadcast, esp. regularly.

11 tr. (of a retailing outlet) keep a regular stock of (particular goods for sale) (have stopped carrying that brand).

12 intr. a (of sound, esp. a voice) be audible at a distance. b (of a missile) travel, penetrate.

13 tr. (of a gun etc.) propel to a specified distance.

14 tr. a win victory or acceptance for (a proposal etc.). b win acceptance from (carried the audience with them). c win, capture (a prize, a fortress, etc.). d US gain (a State or district) in an election. e Golf cause the ball to pass beyond (a bunker etc.).

15 tr. a endure the weight of; support (columns carry the dome). b be the chief cause of the effectiveness of; be the driving force in (you carry the sales department).

16 tr. be pregnant with (is carrying twins).

17 tr. a (of a motive, money, etc.) cause or enable (a person) to go to a specified place. b (of a journey) bring (a person) to a specified point.

--n. (pl. -ies)

1. an act of carrying.

2 Golf the distance a ball travels before reaching the ground.

3 a portage between rivers etc.

4 the range of a gun etc.

Phrases and idioms:


1. a light carriage (cf. CARRIOLE).

2 US a car with seats placed sideways.

3 US a large bag or case. carry all before one succeed; overcome all opposition. carry away 1 remove.

2 inspire; affect emotionally or spiritually.

3 deprive of self-control (got carried away).

4 Naut. a lose (a mast etc.) by breakage. b break off or away. carry back take (a person) back in thought to a past time. carry one's bat Cricket be not out at the end of a side's completed innings. carry the can colloq. bear the responsibility or blame. carry conviction be convincing. carry-cot a portable cot for a baby. carry the day be victorious or successful. carry forward transfer to a new page or account. carrying-on (or carryings-on) carry-on. carrying-trade the conveying of goods from one country to another by water or air as a business. carry it off (or carry it off well) do well under difficulties.

carry off

1. take away, esp. by force.

2 win (a prize).

3 (esp. of a disease) kill.

4 render acceptable or passable.

carry on

1. continue (carry on eating; carry on, don't mind me).

2 engage in (a conversation or a business).

3 colloq. behave strangely or excitedly.

4 (often foll. by with) colloq. flirt or have a love affair.

5 advance (a process) by a stage. carry-on n. Brit.


1. a state of excitement or fuss.

2 a questionable piece of behaviour.

3 a flirtation or love affair. carry out put (ideas, instructions, etc.) into practice. carry-out attrib.adj. & n. esp. Sc. & US take-away.

carry over

1. carry forward.

2 postpone (work etc.).

3 Stock Exch. keep over to the next settling-day.

carry-over n.

1. something carried over.

2 Stock Exch. postponement to the next settling-day.

carry through

1. complete successfully.

2 bring safely out of difficulties. carry weight be influential or important. carry with one bear in mind.

Etymology: ME f. AF & ONF carier (as CAR)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.