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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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  • It was not his fault that, blanketed by wet mists, he conveyed them past the telegraph-station and European colony of Kotgarh.

    Kim Rudyard Kipling
  • When his family were ready to depart, I conveyed them to Buffalo in the Sylvania.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • At this point his companion called a coach, and conveyed him to Newington, where the two waited till the mail came up.

    The Court of Cacus Alexander Leighton
  • The Eskimo hero is conveyed to his wife on a salmon's tail (Rink, p. 145).

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • The guy ropes are then payed out according to the directions of the aeronaut, as conveyed through the officer.

British Dictionary definitions for conveyed


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 conveyed



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.

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