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[kuh n-vey] /kənˈveɪ/
verb (used with object)
to carry, bring, or take from one place to another; transport; bear.
to communicate; impart; make known:
to convey a wish.
to lead or conduct, as a channel or medium; transmit.
Law. to transfer; pass the title to.
Archaic. steal; purloin.
Obsolete. to take away secretly.
Origin of convey
1250-1300; Middle English conveyen < Anglo-French conveier < Vulgar Latin *conviāre, equivalent to con- con- + -viāre, derivative of via way; see via
Related forms
conveyable, adjective
preconvey, verb (used with object)
quasi-conveyed, adjective
well-conveyed, adjective
1. move. See carry. Unabridged
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  • Parnapishtim instructs Ardi-Ea to convey Gilgamesh to this fountain.

  • The other planters were going to New Orleans, and the same steamer was to convey them there.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • I pulled all the tusks out of the three heads, and we now packed the mules to convey our booty to camp.

  • But one cannot convey to those who have not known the wonder, how wonderful a mere thing is!

    Mary, Mary James Stephens
  • By which he meant diplomatically to convey that he had had a narrow escape of believing it, at any rate.

British Dictionary definitions for convey


verb (transitive)
to take, carry, or transport from one place to another
to communicate (a message, information, etc)
(of a channel, path, etc) to conduct, transmit, or transfer
(law) to transmit or transfer (the title to property)
(archaic) to steal
Derived Forms
conveyable, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French conveier, from Medieval Latin conviāre to escort, from Latin com- with + via way
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Word Origin and History for convey

c.1300, "to go along with;" late 14c., "to carry, transport;" from Anglo-French conveier, from Old French convoier "to escort" (Modern French convoyer), from Vulgar Latin *conviare "to accompany on the way," from Latin com- "together" (see com-) + via "way, road" (see via). It was a euphemism for "steal" 15c.-17c., which helped broaden its meaning. Related: Conveyed; conveying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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