Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

carry over

 - definition

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycarry over
he/she/itcarries over
present participlecarrying over
past tensecarried over
past participlecarried over

Related dictionary definitions

  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if something carries over or is carried over from one situation into another, it has the same effect in the new situation as it had in the old one

    Stresses at work can often be carried over into your home life.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to take something that you earn or are given in one year or period of time into the next one

    You are not allowed to carry over holiday entitlement from one year into the next.

See also main entry: carry

Open Dictionary

selfie stick

an expandable stick which you attach to a mobile phone or camera to help you take a selfie …

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog