carries; carried; carrying
carries; carried; carrying
Learner's definition of CARRY
1 [+ object] : to move (something) while holding and supporting it
— sometimes used figuratively
She helped me carry [=transport] the boxes out to my car.
I'll carry your luggage to your room.
He was carrying his baby daughter in his arms.
For two months, I carried the book around with me everywhere I went.
The waitress carried away our empty dinner plates.
The wind carried the smoke away from the campsite.
These planes can carry up to 300 passengers.
a ship carrying thousands of gallons of oil
Your talent will carry you far. [=it will make you very successful]
She intended the play to carry audiences toward a sense of peace and understanding.
She still carries the memories of an unhappy childhood.
The song carries me back to [=it makes me remember] my first year of college.
2 [+ object] : to contain and direct the flow of (water, electricity, etc.)
Oil is carried to the factory through these pipes.
We installed gutters that will carry water away from the house.
blood vessels that carry blood to the heart
These cables carry electricity to hundreds of homes.
The bridge carries traffic in two directions.
3 [+ object] : to have (something) with you or on your body
Do police officers carry guns when they're off duty?
This bus driver doesn't carry change, so please have the exact fare ready.
I always carry $20 in case of an emergency.
tourists carrying cameras
4 [+ object] : to be able to give (a disease or a gene) to others even though you may not be affected by it 5 [+ object] : to be pregnant with (a baby) 6 [+ object] : to hold (your body or your head) in a particular way
He's over 80 years old and still carries himself erect/upright like a soldier.
Be proud of yourself. Walk tall and carry your head high!
She always carries [=(more formally) comports] herself with dignity and grace.
7 a : to have (something) in a store and ready to be sold: to keep (something) in stock b : to have (someone or something) on a list or record
8 a : to have (something) as a quality or characteristic b : to be marked or labeled with (something) 9 [+ object] : to have (something) as a result or consequence— often + with 10 [+ object] : to have (something) as a duty or responsibility 11 [+ object] : to be responsible for the success of (something or someone) 12 a [+ object] : to make (something) continue
b [no object] : to travel a long distance
They carried [=took, extended] the game into the 10th inning.
The newspaper carried the story over to the following page.
The design calls for the columns to be carried all the way up to the top of the building.
carrying the war to another continent
13 [+ object] : to continue (something) beyond a normal or acceptable limit
— see also carry (something) to extremes at 2extreme
14 [+ object] : to sing (a tune) correctly 15 [+ object] : to present (a story, sports event, TV show, etc.) to the public
Channel 9 will carry the game.
Every local newspaper carried [=ran] the photograph.
The trial was carried live [=broadcast as it was happening] on television.
16 a : to cause (a bill or an official proposal) to be passed or adopted
[+ object]— often used as (be) carried
b [+ object], chiefly US : to win a majority of votes in (a state, legislature, etc.)
He called for a motion to stop debate, but the motion did not carry.
The motion carried unanimously. [=everyone voted to pass it]
The bill carried the Senate by a vote of 75–25.
In the presidential election of 1936, Franklin D. Roosevelt carried [=won, took] all the states except Maine and Vermont.
17 [+ object] : to move (a number) from one column to another when you are adding numbers together
be/get carried away
: to be so excited that you are no longer in control of your behavior
I shouldn't have behaved like that. I just got carried away.
Just relax! There's no need to get carried away.
They allowed themselves to be carried away by fear.
carry all/everything before youliterary
: to be completely successful
carry off[phrasal verb]
carry off (something) or carry (something) off
1 : to do (something difficult) successfully: to achieve or accomplish (something)
carry on[phrasal verb]
1 : to continue to do what you have been doing: to continue despite problems 2 : to behave or speak in an excited or foolish way
They laughed and carried on like they were old friends.
We were embarrassed by the way he was carrying on.
She's always carrying on [=talking in an excited way] about her neighbors.
screaming, crying, and carrying on
carry on (something)
3 a : to manage or participate in (an activity)
b : to continue doing (something)
She carried on an affair with her boss.
It's too noisy in here to carry on a conversation.
The police are carrying on [=conducting] an investigation into his murder.
carrying on a campaign against illegal drug use
c : to cause (something, such as a tradition) to continue
The money allows us to carry on our research.
Although the teacher spoke to them, they just carried on [=went on, kept on] talking.
4 carry on with (something) : to continue doing or participating in (an activity) 5 carry on with (someone)chiefly British, old-fashioned : to have an often immoral sexual relationship with (someone)
carry out[phrasal verb]
carry (something) out or carry out (something)
1 : to do and complete (something) 2 : to act on (a promise, plan, etc.): to do something that you said you would do or that someone has asked you to do
She failed to carry out [=fulfill] her promise.
The town has plans to build a new school, but it currently lacks the money to carry them out.
You'll be paid when you've carried out [=executed] your instructions/orders/duties.
carry over[phrasal verb]
1 : to continue to exist or be seen in another place or situation 2 carry (something) over or carry over (something) : to cause or allow (something) to continue in another place or situation
carry through[phrasal verb]
1 a : to continue to exist or happen— usually + to b : to continue to do something— usually + to 2 carry through with/on (something)US : to do (something that you said you would do) 3 carry (something) through : to successfully finish or complete (something that you have begun or said you will do) 4 a carry (someone) through : to help or allow (someone) to survive or continue b carry (someone) through (something) : to help or allow (someone) to survive or continue during (a period of time)
We had enough supplies to carry us through the winter.
His faith carried him through a difficult time in his life.
I borrowed a few more books to carry me through the summer.
Learner's definition of CARRY
: the act of running with the ball