World English Dictionary
carry (ˈkærɪ)
vb , -ries, -rying, -ried
1.  (also intr) to take or bear (something) from one place to another: to carry a baby in one's arms
2.  to transfer for consideration; take: he carried his complaints to her superior
3.  to have on one's person: he always carries a watch
4.  (also intr) to be transmitted or serve as a medium for transmitting: sound carries best over water
5.  to contain or be capable of containing: the jug carries water
6.  to bear or be able to bear the weight, pressure, or responsibility of: her efforts carry the whole production
7.  to have as an attribute or result: this crime carries a heavy penalty
8.  to bring or communicate: to carry news
9.  (also intr) to be pregnant with (young): she is carrying her third child
10.  to bear (the head, body, etc) in a specified manner: she carried her head high
11.  to conduct or bear (oneself) in a specified manner: she carried herself well in a difficult situation
12.  to continue or extend: the war was carried into enemy territory
13.  to cause to move or go: desire for riches carried him to the city
14.  to influence, esp by emotional appeal: his words carried the crowd
15.  to secure the passage of (a bill, motion, etc)
16.  to win (an election)
17.  to obtain victory for (a candidate or measure) in an election
18.  chiefly (US) to win a plurality or majority of votes in (a district, legislative body, etc): the candidate carried 40 states
19.  to capture: our troops carried the town
20.  (of communications media) to include as the content: this newspaper carries no book reviews
21.  accounting Also (esp US): carry over to transfer (an item) to another account, esp to transfer to the following year's account instead of writing off against profit and loss: to carry a loss
22.  maths to transfer (a number) from one column of figures to the next, as from units to tens in multiplication and addition
23.  (of a shop, trader, etc) to keep in stock: to carry confectionery
24.  to support (a musical part or melody) against the other parts
25.  to sustain (livestock): this land will carry twelve ewes to the acre
26.  to maintain (livestock) in good health but without increasing their weight or obtaining any products from them
27.  (intr) (of a ball, projectile, etc) to travel through the air or reach a specified point: his first drive carried to the green
28.  esp sport, golf (of a ball) to travel beyond: the drive carried the trees
29.  (intr) (of a gun) to have a range as specified: this rifle carries for 1200 yards
30.  to retain contact with and pursue (a line of scent)
31.  (intr) (of ground) to be in such a condition that scent lies well upon it
32.  ice hockey to move (the puck) forwards, keeping it against the blade of the stick
33.  informal to imbibe (alcoholic drink) without showing ill effects
34.  slang (intr) to have drugs on one's person
35.  carry all before one to win unanimous support or approval for oneself
36.  carry a tune to be able to sing in tune
37.  informal carry the can to take the responsibility for some misdemeanour, etc (on behalf of)
38.  carry the day to win a contest or competition; succeed
n , -ries, -rying, -ried, -ries
39.  the act of carrying
40.  (US), (Canadian) a portion of land over which a boat must be portaged
41.  the range of a firearm or its projectile
42.  the distance travelled by a ball, etc, esp (in golf) the distance from where the ball is struck to where it first touches the ground
[C14 carien, from Old Northern French carier to move by vehicle, from car, from Latin carrum transport wagon; see car]

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Word Origin & History

c.1320, from Anglo-Fr. carier "to transport in a vehicle," from Gallo-Romance *carrizare, from L.L. carricare, from L. carrum (see car). Sense of "gain victory in an election" is from 1619. Carrier "person or animal that carries and disseminates infection without suffering obvious
disease" is from 1899; genetic sense is 1933. As a short form of aircraft carrier it dates from 1917. Carrier pigeon is from 1641. Carry-all in the baggage sense is from 1884. Carrying capacity is attested from 1883. Carry on "continue to advance" is from 1649; carryings-on "questionable doings" is from 1663. Carry-castle (1598) was an old descriptive term for an elephant.
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