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verb carry pronunciation in American English /ˈkeri/
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present tense
I/you/we/theycarry
he/she/itcarries
present participlecarrying
past tensecarried
past participlecarried
  1. 1
    [transitive] to hold someone or something using your hands, arms, or body and take them somewhere

    Do you mind carrying this box for me?

    Luke was carrying a bag over his shoulder.

    Sarah carried her cup of coffee back to her desk.

    1. a.
      to have something with you, usually in your pocket or bag

      I never carry much cash with me.

      British police officers normally don’t carry guns.

    2. b.
      to take or deliver a message to someone

      They carried the news of the massacre back to their villages.

    3. d.
      if a vehicle carries someone or something somewhere, it takes them there

      An airplane carrying 120 passengers has crashed in India.

  2. 2
    [transitive] if a store carries goods or products, it has them for sale

    We are urging stores not to carry goods made with child labor.

  3. 4
    [transitive] if you carry a feeling with you, you have it in your mind all the time

    He would carry the guilt with him forever.

  4. 6
    [transitive] if something carries a guarantee, it has it

    All our products carry a full 25-year guarantee.

  5. 7
    [transitive] American to win an election in a particular state or district

    A Democrat has not carried Arizona since 1948.

  6. 8
    [transitive] to do some of the work that someone else should be doing so that they can continue to do their job

    His colleagues rapidly grew annoyed at having to carry him.

  7. 9
    [transitive] if a crime carries a particular punishment, that is the punishment people will receive for committing it

    Murder carries a compulsory sentence of life imprisonment.

  8. 10
    [transitive] if something carries a message or warning, it has it written on it

    Packs of cigarettes must carry a government health warning.

  9. 14
    [transitive] to make it possible for someone to achieve something

    His determination to succeed carried him to the top of his profession.

  10. 16
    [transitive] to persuade a number of people to support your ideas

    She seemed to carry the whole audience with her.

  11. 18
    [transitive] to do or develop something to a particular point or level

    Carried to extremes, such behavior can be self-destructive.

    I know we all need to be careful with our money, but some people carry it too far!

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