car|ry1 W1S1 [ˈkæri] v past tense and past participle carried present participle carrying third person singular carries
1¦(lift and take)¦
3¦(pipe/wire etc)¦
4¦(move something)¦
5¦(have with you)¦
6¦(have a quality)¦
9¦(be responsible)¦
12¦(take somebody/something)¦
14 carry insurance/a guarantee etc
15 be/get carried away
16 be carried along (by something)
20 carry something in your head/mind
25¦(your body)¦
26 carry the can (for somebody/something)
27¦(not enough effort)¦
29 carry all/everything before you
30 carry something too far/to extremes/to excess
32 carry a torch for somebody
33 carry the torch of something
34 as fast as his/her legs could carry him/her
35¦(adding numbers)¦
Phrasal verbs
 carry something<=>forward
 carry something<=>off
 carry on
 carry something<=>out
 carry something<=>over
 carry somebody/something through
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old North French; Origin: carier 'to take in a vehicle', from car 'vehicle', from Latin carrus; CAR]
1.) ¦(LIFT AND TAKE)¦ [T]
to hold something in your hand or arms, or support it as you take it somewhere
Gina was carrying a small bunch of flowers.
Angela carried the child in her arms.
Let me carry that for you.
Jack carried his grandson up the stairs.
carry sth to sth/sb
The waiter carried our drinks to the table.
to take people or things from one place to another in a vehicle, ship, or plane
The ship was carrying supplies from the UN World Food Programme.
There are more airplanes carrying more people than ever before in the skies.
3.) ¦(PIPE/WIRE ETC)¦ [T]
if a pipe, wire etc carries something such as liquid or electricity, the liquid, electricity etc flows or travels along it
A drain carries surplus water to the river.
The aim is for one wire to carry both television and telephone calls.
to cause something to move along or support something as it moves along
This stretch of water carries a lot of shipping.
The bridge carries the main road over the railway.
Pollution was carried inland by the wind.
5.) ¦(HAVE WITH YOU)¦ [T]
to have something with you in your pocket, on your belt, in your bag etc everywhere you go
I don't carry a handbag. I just carry money in my pocket.
All the soldiers carried rifles.
He says he's got to carry a knife to protect himself.
6.) ¦(HAVE A QUALITY)¦ [T]
to have something as a particular quality
Degree qualifications carry international recognition.
Few medical procedures carry no risk of any kind.
Older managers carry more authority in a crisis.
The plan is not likely to carry much weight with (=have much influence over) the authorities.
If the child believes in what she is saying, she will carry conviction (=make others believe what she says is true) .
if a newspaper, a television or radio broadcast, or a website carries a piece of news, an advertisement etc, it prints it or broadcasts it
The morning paper carried a story about demonstrations in New York and Washington D.C.
The national TV network carries religious programmes.
if something carries information, the information is written on it
All tobacco products must carry a health warning.
goods carrying the label 'Made in the USA'
to be responsible for doing something
Each team member is expected to carry a fair share of the workload.
Which minister carries responsibility for the police?
Parents carry the burden of ensuring that children go to school.
10.) ¦(SHOP)¦ [T]
if a shop carries goods, it has a supply of them for sale
The sports shop carries a full range of equipment.
11.) ¦(BUILDING)¦ [T]
if a wall etc carries something, it supports the weight of that thing
These two columns carry the whole roof.
to take something or someone to a new place, point, or position
carry sb/sth to sth
The president wanted to carry the war to the northern states.
Blair carried his party to victory in 1997.
carry sb/sth into sth
Clinton carried his campaign into Republican areas.
13.) ¦(DISEASE)¦ [T]
if a person, animal, or insect carries a disease, they can pass it to other people or animals even if they are not ill themselves
The disease is carried by a black fly which lives in the rivers.
Birds and monkeys can carry disease.
14.) carry insurance/a guarantee etc
to have insurance etc
All our products carry a 12-month guarantee.
15.) be/get carried away
to be so excited, angry, interested etc that you are no longer really in control of what you do or say, or you forget everything else
It's easy to get carried away when you can do so much with the graphics software.
I just got carried away because it was such fun.
16.) be carried along (by sth)
to become excited about something or determined to do something
The crowd were carried along on a tide of enthusiasm.
You can be carried along by the atmosphere of an auction and spend more than you planned.
17.) ¦(CRIME)¦ [T]
if a crime carries a particular punishment, that is the usual punishment for the crime
Drink-driving should carry an automatic prison sentence .
Murder still carries the death penalty .
18.) ¦(SOUND)¦
if a sound carries, it goes a long way
In the winter air, sounds carry clearly.
The songs of the whales carry through the water over long distances.
19.) ¦(BALL)¦ [I]
if a ball carries a particular distance when it is thrown, hit, or kicked, it travels that distance
20.) carry sth in your head/mind
to remember information that you need, without writing it down
Alice carried a map of the London Underground in her head.
21.) ¦(TUNE)¦ [T]
to sing a tune using the correct notes
I sang solos when I was six because I could carry a tune.
The highest voice carries the melody.
22.) ¦(PERSUADE)¦ [T]
to persuade a group of people to support you
He had to carry a large majority of his colleagues to get the leadership.
Her appeal to common sense was what finally carried the day (=persuaded people to support her) .
23.) ¦(VOTE)¦
be carried
if a suggestion, proposal etc is carried, most of the people at an official meeting vote for it and it is accepted
The amendment was carried by 292 votes to 246.
The resolution was carried unanimously (=everyone agreed) .
Those in favour of the motion raise your arm. Those against? The motion is carried (=proposal is accepted) .
24.) ¦(ELECTION)¦ [T]
[i]AmE if someone carries a state or local area in a US election, they win in that state or area
Cuban Americans play an important role in whether he carries Florida in the fall campaign.
25.) ¦(YOUR BODY)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to stand and move in a particular way, or to hold part of your body in a particular way
He had a way of carrying his head on one side.
carry yourself
She carried herself straight and with confidence.
26.) carry the can (for sb/sth)
BrE informal to be the person who has to take the blame for something even if it was not their fault, or not their fault alone
He has been left to carry the can for a decision he didn't make.
if a group carries someone who is not doing enough work, they have to manage without the work that person should be doing
We can't afford to carry anyone. Every game is going to be difficult now.
28.) ¦(CHILD)¦ [I and T]
old-fashioned if a woman is carrying a child, she is ↑pregnant (=has a baby developing inside her)
29.) carry all/everything before you
literary to be completely successful in a struggle against other people
30.) carry sth too far/to extremes/to excess
to do or say too much about something
I don't mind a joke, but this is carrying it too far.
31.) ¦(WEIGHT)¦ [T]
to weigh a particular amount more than you should or than you did
Joe carries only nine pounds more than when he was twenty.
32.) carry a torch for sb
to love someone romantically who does not love you
He's been carrying a torch for your sister for years.
33.) carry the torch of sth
to support an important belief or tradition when other people do not
Leaders in the mountains carried the torch of Greek independence.
34.) as fast as his/her legs could carry him/her
as fast as possible
She ran as fast as her legs could carry her.
to put a number into the next row to the left when you are adding numbers together
→↑card-carrying, carrier, cash and carry,fetch and carry atfetch1 (3)
carry forward [carry sth<=>forward] phr v
1.) to succeed in making progress with something
It will be up to the new team now to carry the work forward.
2.) to include an amount of money in a later set of figures or calculations
carry off [carry sth<=>off] phr v
1.) to do something difficult successfully
I was flattered to be offered the job but wasn't sure if I could carry it off.
2.) to win a prize
a film that carried off three Oscars
carry on phr v
1.) especially BrE to continue doing something
Sorry, I interrupted you. Please carry on.
carry on doing sth
You'll have an accident if you carry on driving like that.
carry on with
I want to carry on with my course.
carry on as usual/as you are/regardless etc
For the time being, you're to carry on as normal.
2.) to continue moving
He stopped and looked back, then carried on down the stairs.
Carry straight on until you get to the traffic lights.
3.) carry on sth
if you carry on a particular kind of work or activity, you do it or take part in it
Mr Dean carried on his baking business until he retired.
It was so noisy it was hard to carry on a conversation .
4.) spoken to talk in an annoying way
carry on about
I wish everyone would stop carrying on about it.
5.) old-fashioned to have a sexual relationship with someone, when you should not
Lucy confessed to carrying on behind her husband's back.
carry on with
She was carrying on with a neighbour.
carry out [carry sth<=>out] phr v
1.) to do something that needs to be organized and planned
There is a shortage of people to carry out research.
A survey is now being carried out nationwide.
Turn off the water supply before carrying out repairs.
2.) to do something that you have said you will do or that someone has asked you to do
Nicholson didn't carry out his threat to take legal action.
We carried out her instructions precisely.
Will the government carry out its promise to reform the law?
carry over [carry sth<=>over] phr v
1.) if something is carried over into a new situation, it continues to exist in the new situation
The pain and violence of his childhood were carried over into his marriage.
2.) to make an official arrangement to do something or use something at a later time
Up to five days' holiday can be carried over from one year to the next.
carry through [carry sb/sth through] phr v
1.) to complete or finish something successfully, in spite of difficulties
I'm determined to carry this through.
2.) carry sb through (sth)
to help someone to manage during an illness or a difficult period
Her confidence carried her through.
carry 2
carry2 n [U]
technical the distance a ball or bullet travels after it has been thrown, hit, or fired

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