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verb carry pronunciation in British English /ˈkæri/
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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 don’t normally 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
      A plane carrying 120 passengers has crashed in India.
  2. 3
    [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.
  3. 4
    [transitive] to publish or broadcast a news story
    All the papers carried the story the next day.
  4. 5
    [transitive] if something carries a guarantee, it has it
    All our products carry a full 25-year guarantee.
  5. 6
    [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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  6. 7
    [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.
  7. 8
    [transitive] if something carries a message or warning, it has it written on it
    Packets of cigarettes must carry a government health warning.
  8. 11
    [transitive] if something carries a danger, it might cause something bad to happen
    The treatment carries less risk than some medications.
  9. 12
    [transitive] to make it possible for someone to achieve something
    His determination to succeed carried him to the top of his profession.
  10. 13
    [transitive] to persuade a number of people to support your ideas
    She seemed to carry the whole audience with her.
  11. 14
    [transitive] if you carry responsibility or blame for something, you accept it
    The government must carry the blame for this terrible tragedy.
  12. 15
    [transitive] if a shop carries goods or products, it has them for sale
    We are urging shops not to carry goods made with child labour.
  13. 16
    [intransitive] if a smell or sound carries, it can be smelt or heard over a distance
    His voice doesn’t carry very well.
  14. 17
    [transitive] to do or develop something to a particular point or level
    Can we trust him to carry the task to completion?
    Carried to extremes, such behaviour 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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  15. 20
    [transitive] American to win an election in a particular state or district
    A Democrat has not carried Arizona since 1948.

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