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verb     carry pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
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. c.
      if water or air carries something or someone, it takes them with it as it moves along

      The oil was carried by the tide onto the shore.

    4. 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. 3
    [transitive] to have a disease and be capable of infecting someone else with it
  4. 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.

  5. 6
    [transitive] if something carries a guarantee, it has it

    All our products carry a full 25-year guarantee.

  6. 7
    [transitive] American to win an election in a particular state or district

    A Democrat has not carried Arizona since 1948.

  7. 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.

  8. 9
    [transitive] if a crime carries a particular punishment, that is the punishment people will receive for committing it
  9. 10
    [transitive] if something carries a message or warning, it has it written on it
  10. 11
    [transitive] [usually passive] if a motion (=a formal suggestion of policy) is carried, it is accepted officially because the majority of people have voted for it
  11. 12
    [transitive] if walls or posts carry part of a building or structure, they support its weight
  12. 13
    [transitive] if something carries a danger, it might cause something bad to happen

    The treatment carries less risk than some medications.

  13. 14
    [transitive] to make it possible for someone to achieve something

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

  14. 15
    [transitive] if you carry responsibility or blame for something, you accept it

    The government must carry the blame for this terrible tragedy.

  15. 16
    [transitive] to persuade a number of people to support your ideas

    She seemed to carry the whole audience with her.

  16. 17
    [intransitive] if a smell or sound carries, it can be smelled or heard over a distance

    His voice doesn’t carry very well.

  17. 18
    [transitive] to do or develop something to a particular point or level

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

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  18. 19
    [transitive] old-fashioned if a woman is carrying a child, she is pregnant
  19. 20
    [transitive] spoken to add a number to the bottom of the next row of numbers on the left when adding rows of numbers
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