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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.
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    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.
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    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.
    5. e.
      if a road, pipe, or wire carries something along it, that thing moves or flows along it
      a cable carrying electricity to nearby homes
  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.
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  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.
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  4. 5
    [transitive] to publish or broadcast a news story
    All the papers carried the story the next day.
  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.
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  8. 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.
  9. 10
    [transitive] if something carries a message or warning, it has it written on it
    Packs of cigarettes must carry a government health warning.
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  10. 13
    [transitive] if something carries a danger, it might cause something bad to happen
    The treatment carries less risk than some medications.
  11. 14
    [transitive] to make it possible for someone to achieve something
    His determination to succeed carried him to the top of his profession.
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  12. 15
    [transitive] if you carry responsibility or blame for something, you accept it
    The government must carry the blame for this terrible tragedy.
  13. 16
    [transitive] to persuade a number of people to support your ideas
    She seemed to carry the whole audience with her.
  14. 17
    [intransitive] if a smell or sound carries, it can be smelled or heard over a distance
    His voice doesn’t carry very well.
  15. 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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  16. 19
    [transitive] old-fashioned if a woman is carrying a child, she is pregnant

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