Definition of carry in English:



  • 1Support and move (someone or something) from one place to another.

    ‘medics were carrying a wounded man on a stretcher’
    • ‘They have never known how much fun can be had simply by watching your caddy struggle to carry two golf bags, a cooler box, a portable braai and two hunting rifles.’
    • ‘When one went down, the other picked him up and carried him wounded.’
    • ‘I have a false leg now but it takes me a while to move around and carrying things is difficult.’
    • ‘He bandaged the man's wounds and carried him to an inn where he nursed him through the night.’
    • ‘The teenager was carrying a surfboard and moved on quickly.’
    • ‘Most people carried their groceries, or came prepared with their own carts.’
    • ‘The two wounded demonstrators were carried by people near them to nearby houses.’
    • ‘Finally I woke up being carried from the train by my father in the dark.’
    • ‘Often unsure, he seems to rely on Lucky for more than just fetching his stool and carrying his bag.’
    • ‘Sure enough, there was a white moving van and people carrying boxes to the house.’
    • ‘He quickly moves off, carrying a sack of candles with him.’
    • ‘They knew they'd have to move fast and carry the wounded men back, so they didn't want to take along any more weight than necessary.’
    • ‘Back to bucket carrying on the course - people are still not obeying a rule which applies to golfers carrying their golf bags.’
    • ‘There were a lot of people carrying others into rescue transport vehicles.’
    • ‘Shrugging, Cameron picked up the luggage and carried it as they moved through the lobby.’
    • ‘The first job on washday was to carry water from the pump, and heat in huge vats on the stove.’
    • ‘At the end of the service the coffin is being carried out when it is accidentally bumped against a wall.’
    • ‘He carried her into the medic tent and gently laid her on one of the cots.’
    • ‘Her people had to carry water from a meagre source three ridges away.’
    • ‘Two people brought him, carrying him and helping him along, wrapped in a thick plaid blanket that we took off.’
    convey, transfer, move, take, bring, bear, shift, switch, fetch, transport
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    1. 1.1 Transport, conduct, or transmit.
      ‘the train service carries 20,000 passengers daily’
      ‘nerves carry visual information from the eyes’
      • ‘Several lorries would be required to carry the mail which is now carried in one train.’
      • ‘With its low-slung frame, the truck can be carried aboard military transport planes and deployed anywhere in the world.’
      • ‘It seemed obvious that not all ten billion people could leave - there just weren't enough ships to carry everyone.’
      • ‘A van driver suspected of illegally carrying waste materials and then dumping the mess could have their truck crushed unless they admit to being the owner.’
      • ‘It was led by the pipe band followed by an open top car carrying the Carnival Queen and the Lord Mayor.’
      • ‘The bus was carrying retired workers - mainly women - from a clothing factory.’
      • ‘European ships and the people they carried brought previously unknown diseases to the Americas and the Pacific.’
      • ‘A bus carrying the players left the sports stadium mid-afternoon.’
      • ‘They also kept cattle, which were used as transport to carry bedding and supplies between settlements.’
      • ‘The Air Force offloaded the airplanes carrying supplies and brought the cargo to the central receiving point.’
      • ‘The ambulance carrying the body moved away slowly, as he walked under the crime scene tape.’
      • ‘Magistrates heard how hours before one of his friends was allegedly knocked down by a van carrying Ipswich fans.’
      • ‘Tragedy struck when the transport ship carrying the 33 children crashed.’
      • ‘The train carrying the Cork team to Dublin constantly ran out of steam and tedious journeys of nine hours became the norm.’
      • ‘Towing trailers allows the combat systems to move forward carrying critical supplies.’
      • ‘The Mughal army was known to have hundreds of carts carrying cushions and carpets for the tents of the monarch.’
      • ‘On and on and on they marched, until finally there came a stream of carts and wagons carrying supplies and parts of instruments of siege.’
      • ‘It carries 27,000 commuters daily and sells about 14,000 annual season tickets.’
      • ‘The fleet carries passengers across the West Yorkshire network from Leeds to destinations including York, Harrogate and Sheffield.’
      • ‘Charter planes carry freight, fresh produce, staff and equipment but no commercial fish product.’
      transport, convey, transmit, move, handle
      transmit, conduct, pass on, relay, communicate, convey, impart, bear, dispatch, beam
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    2. 1.2 Have on one's person.
      ‘he was killed for the money he was carrying’
      figurative ‘she had carried the secret all her life’
      • ‘He said it was ‘very unusual’ for someone to be carrying such a large amount of money.’
      • ‘However, millions of people carry other premium credit and charge cards.’
      • ‘Many people today carry a range of portable electronic devices, each with its own keypad, speaker, display, processing unit and power supply.’
      • ‘PC Weston added the police would not seize people for simply carrying bottles of beer or wine in the street.’
      • ‘So be very careful about what information you carry around in your wallet.’
      • ‘The visual processing power we carry around with us is enormous, and the right image can go a long way to prove a key point or leave a lasting impression on a colleague.’
      • ‘I know there are the big fold out credit card wallets but I'm running out of pockets and I can't quite bring myself to carry a handbag.’
      • ‘In my day we wore medium-grey suits and school ties, and carried just enough money for the bus fare home.’
      • ‘Keeping an eye on belongings is a hassle for those venturing out for the first time, but they soon learn that the secret is to travel light, and carry nothing except essentials.’
      • ‘The story is told through three sisters who still carry the effects, wounds and insecurities of a broken home and childhoods that lacked any real parenting.’
      • ‘As ever more people carry bank cards instead of cash in their wallets, thieves have shifted their attention to the small but expensive mobile phones.’
      • ‘They are stubborn enough to carry their grudges a long time.’
      • ‘From his correspondence, the guilt he carried became obvious.’
      • ‘I carry a donor card, and I'm certain that when you die, that's it.’
      • ‘People carry their phones with them everywhere.’
      • ‘Many BPO personnel do not carry mobile phones in their pockets and whip them out when it rings.’
      • ‘Of course, it also helps if you put your name and contact information on everything you carry.’
      • ‘The deeply spiritual actress makes no secret of the fact that wherever she goes she carries a small, gold amulet - a gift from her Guru in Malaysia and a potent symbol of his protection.’
      • ‘In Basra, satellite dishes have sprung up on many homes, there are luxury cars on the roads and ordinary people now carry mobile phones.’
      • ‘As if that's not enough to bring the whole party down, one of the politicians also carries a terrible medical secret.’
      possess, have, own, bear, be the owner of, have in one's possession, be in possession of, have to one's name
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    3. 1.3 Be infected with (a disease) and liable to transmit it to others.
      ‘ticks can carry a nasty disease which affects humans’
      • ‘Foxes also carry and transmit several diseases, eat and spread seeds from noxious weeds, and kill livestock.’
      • ‘However, no matter where you live, check for ticks often, because they carry several harmful diseases.’
      • ‘In some parts of the country ticks may carry a bacterial infection which can cause Lyme disease in an infected person.’
      • ‘Increasing temperatures will aid the spread of water-borne diseases, and those carried by insects, it predicts.’
      • ‘Like dengue, which is also carried by mosquitoes, there is no treatment for the disease.’
      • ‘One of every five people carry a sexually transmitted disease in the United States.’
      • ‘We'd like to let you have those vines growing in Australia, but it can't be done, they might be carrying infectious plant diseases.’
      • ‘Insects and the diseases they carry have always accounted for too many casualties during wartime.’
      • ‘Pigeons carry 60 very nasty diseases as well as ruining our buildings and dirtying our pavements with their droppings.’
      • ‘Domestic dogs carry and transmit human diseases, including viral, bacterial, and parasitic diseases.’
      • ‘It spread among towns, carried by animals, and could infect anyone at any time, in any way.’
      • ‘If a patient carries an infectious disease, for example, then a doctor might put the interest of the community above that of the individual concerned and have the patient forcibly quarantined.’
      • ‘Fleas and ticks can carry diseases that may be easily passed to children.’
      • ‘Others carry deadly diseases like malaria, encephalitis and yellow fever.’
      • ‘One theory suggested by medical investigators is that infected people may carry the disease without suffering extreme symptoms.’
      • ‘It is possible to do a genetic test on an unborn baby early in pregnancy, if one of the parents carries the Huntington's disease.’
      • ‘Cats carry the disease Toxoplasmosis, which can be transmitted to the bandicoots and is often fatal.’
      • ‘Scientists say that one in every three ticks carries Lyme disease, so a decrease in tick numbers could have a significant effect on reducing the illness in humans.’
      • ‘The problem also has serious implications for all who use the Scottish hills, including walkers and climbers, since some ticks carry the dangerous Lyme disease.’
      • ‘Condoms work by preventing contact between body fluids which carry sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.’
      transmit, conduct, pass on, relay, communicate, convey, impart, bear, dispatch, beam
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  • 2Support the weight of.

    ‘the bridge is capable of carrying even the heaviest loads’
    • ‘The retired health and safety officer and governor of Ashchurch Primary School was looking at a display of the proposals for the new bridge and associated road works to carry the A6 over the railway line at Ashchurch.’
    • ‘Because one side of his body is stronger or more dominant than the other, a horse also tends to carry a little more weight on one front foot than on the other.’
    • ‘Many new concrete structures are designed to include long spans and carry heavy loads.’
    • ‘The entire body weight is thus carried by the thumbs and the big toe, even as the bones of the rest of the body are cracking with pain.’
    • ‘When I had taken all the firewood creme de la creme the van could way beyond reasonably carry, I inched on up to the house and added it all to the pile.’
    • ‘Huge precast concrete beams which will carry the A64 over a new underpass at Copmanthorpe, near York, were hoisted into place yesterday.’
    • ‘Of the 10 York bridges which carry roads over railway tracks, six cross the East Coast main line, two cross the Scarborough line and two cross the Harrogate line.’
    • ‘It did not look sturdy enough to carry both Katrina and I at once.’
    • ‘This shape allowed a much greater weight to be carried when compared to a Norman rounded arch.’
    • ‘First, below the lowest terrace, four piers carry much of the weight of the first floor.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, plans were being finalised yesterday for the placing of massive 90-tonne beams to carry a flyover over the Kinsale Road roundabout.’
    • ‘It is a quite a high bridge and it looks as if it may carry a road over a stream.’
    • ‘Women skilfully carry heavy loads on their heads.’
    • ‘It has long meant a story told in a hundred words: a structure as light and strong as a balloon that can carry its own weight a thousand times over.’
    • ‘A three-span bridge will carry the road over Semington Brook and an aqueduct will be built to take the Kennet and Avon canal over the bypass.’
    • ‘And where the canal had been reduced to a mere pipeline, new bridges were built to carry walkers over the now brimming waterway.’
    • ‘The Queen Elizabeth team designed Howards Aqueduct, to carry the canal over the A590 dual carriageway.’
    • ‘This was after all the legendary Green Bridge that carries Mile End Park over the busy A11, complete with grass and trees.’
    • ‘Here you'll find the Green Bridge, a Millennium funded project which is actually a yellow bridge carrying Mile End Park over the main road.’
    • ‘For those with osteo-arthiritis, she suggests swimming and water exercises, because in the water one does not have to carry one's body weight.’
    support, sustain, stand, prop up, shore up, bolster, underpin, buttress
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    1. 2.1 Be pregnant with.
      ‘she was carrying twins’
      • ‘He is a good friend of the couple and is the father of the twins the woman is carrying by in vitro fertilization.’
      • ‘According to their testimony, they didn't want to have the twins she was carrying.’
      • ‘Kate and Richard both denied that the twins she carried were his but everyone knew that it was the case.’
      • ‘But first lets get an update on our baby twins who were carried by a surrogate.’
      • ‘I was carrying a bigger baby than in my previous pregnancies.’
      be pregnant with, bear, expect
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    2. 2.2carry oneself Stand and move in a specified way.
      ‘she carried herself straight and with assurance’
      • ‘You don't have to be the best-looking guy, but carry yourself with some style and like you care about yourself.’
      • ‘Equally important is how staff carry themselves, their posture and how they groom themselves.’
      • ‘You carry yourself with finesse and are relaxed in groups.’
      • ‘She taught us how to carry ourselves, how to speak with respect, how to cope with any event.’
      • ‘It's also about how they carry themselves and how they get along with others.’
      • ‘The way he carries and conducts himself also stands apart.’
      • ‘She studied the way he carried himself, the way he moved, and even the rhythm of his breathing.’
      • ‘You can see it in the French team right now; the young guys are exemplary in the way they carry themselves and the way they play.’
      • ‘He is disarming, humble, genuinely and immediately friendly and has a way of carrying himself, in front of a camera or in the flesh, which immediately puts you at ease.’
      • ‘Their attractiveness lies not so much in their appearance as in the way they carry themselves and behave.’
      • ‘I respected the way they performed in the ring, and the way they carried themselves.’
      • ‘She liked the way they dressed, the way they carried themselves, and everything she thought they stood for.’
      • ‘From the way you speak and the way you carry yourself, you are a very confident girl.’
      • ‘Never arrogant or boastful, they stand their ground and carry themselves with authority.’
      • ‘But when you stood, there was a pride to the way you carried yourself.’
      • ‘‘It's all about how you carry yourself,’ she says, before heading inside.’
      • ‘They are invariably alone and carry themselves with a quiet, contented air, all-knowing wise men whose eyes hint at some deep reservoir of hidden knowledge within.’
      • ‘He carries himself like a street reporter, ready to move fast or stand still for hours, and squirms at any attention others give to the man holding the pen.’
      • ‘Toward the end of the night I really think I was carrying myself differently.’
      • ‘When we lose our humor, our whole demeanor changes - our tone of voice, how we move and carry ourselves, our facial expressions.’
      conduct, bear, hold
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  • 3no object (of a sound, ball, missile, etc.) reach a specified point.

    ‘his voice carried clearly across the room’
    ‘the ball carried to second slip’
    • ‘Her voice was strained but carried clearly in that room, a voice trained to reach the back rows in the theater.’
    • ‘Emily broke from her journey of reminiscence and concentrated on the sounds carrying from the first floor.’
    • ‘Certainly she didn't intend to eavesdrop, but the sound carried across the lobby.’
    • ‘The sounds of a scream carried up from the lower floor.’
    • ‘Over the cheers, the sound of a young boy's voice carried to his ears.’
    • ‘His voice carried to her easily and Alice was on her feet immediately.’
    • ‘Boots clicked against the stone floor, their echo carrying down the still hall as the Prince paced with frustration.’
    • ‘She tosses it to me through the doorway before closing it, the sound of her laughter carrying easily through.’
    • ‘The Old Town was quiet today, only the occasional distant gunshot carrying across the river.’
    • ‘The sound carries through to the next-door neighbour's, or downstairs, and that is giving rise to complaints.’
    • ‘The girls' hysterical laughter carries above the roar of the water.’
    • ‘Despite raising his voice as best he could without shouting, it barely carried to the top of the hall.’
    • ‘He could hear the sound of voices carrying from the inside of the room.’
    • ‘The rest of the Councilors stopped talking to hear as his voice carried to the back of the room.’
    • ‘His voice carried to every corner of the lawn.’
    • ‘In the silence and still air sound carries surprisingly clearly.’
    • ‘The sound of voices carried to them from the eastern side of the island.’
    • ‘Though it was impossible for the General's voice to carry to the far reaches of the base, it wasn't long before Simmons hurried into the room and came to a shaky halt before the General.’
    • ‘He didn't realize his voice had carried to the woman sitting opposite Alex.’
    • ‘Quiet laughter carried across the water and I looked to see a group of girls dash across the bridge at the other end of the park.’
    be audible, travel, reach, be transmitted
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    1. 3.1with object (of a gun or similar weapon) propel (a missile) to a specified distance.
    2. 3.2with object Take or develop (an idea or activity) to a specified point.
      ‘he carried the criticism much further’
      • ‘The first person to really carry forward his ideas was Philippe de la Hire.’
      • ‘His most influential interpreter carried his ideas further, even to the justification of regicide.’
      • ‘He carried the project through the first flight of the prototype in January 1949.’
      • ‘The same idea must be carried further and applied not only to the Logos himself, but to the other persons of the holy Trinity.’
      • ‘Do you want this development to be carried forward in a people-friendly and environmentally sound manner?’
      • ‘Such wide interests, however, often prevented him from carrying some of his projects to completion.’
      • ‘He has assumed responsibility for carrying through the matter he has entered upon.’
  • 4Assume or accept (responsibility or blame)

    ‘they must carry management responsibility for the mess they have got the company into’
    • ‘He must carry responsibility for the decision that may well have cost them the match.’
    • ‘These leaders who are responsible for misleading the multitudes must carry the blame when an uncontrollable political upheaval ensues.’
    • ‘We have to accept the responsibility that we carry as a great power to help those who need it.’
    • ‘It requires that all trials have a single sponsor, who carries full responsibility and liability, including covering the costs of all drugs or devices used in a study.’
    • ‘The media should carry social responsibilities.’
    • ‘Her friends say she shouldn't carry any significant blame.’
    • ‘No faith can be defined by its fringes, but every faith must carry some responsibility for its extremists.’
    • ‘The root causes of crime are to a large extent social, and in one sense we all carry some of the blame for them.’
    • ‘Well the newspaper must carry some responsibility here.’
    • ‘This part of the judgment is concerned with an assessment of the degree of responsibility which the company must carry for that loss.’
    • ‘He knows that he carries much of the responsibility for his latest club's current underachievement.’
    • ‘Gaelic football is a massive commitment for every player but a midfielder carries the greatest responsibility of all.’
    • ‘Alpha females should carry some of the blame for their unwanted single status.’
    • ‘And he says the apathy of drivers, who have been unwilling to help since the foot and mouth epidemic two years ago, must carry some of the blame.’
    • ‘The people who do the most important work and carry the biggest responsibility have to receive the largest remuneration, too.’
    • ‘He should carry some of the blame for that too.’
    • ‘Sewing machine and fabric store owners carry an even higher responsibility and have more at stake.’
    • ‘She said colleges should carry the blame for the dull way they taught catering.’
    • ‘The Government must carry the blame for big council tax increases.’
    • ‘Every individual carries a certain mutual responsibility to carry out these tasks according to his or her abilities.’
    undertake, accept, assume, bear, shoulder, support, sustain
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    1. 4.1 Be responsible for the effectiveness of.
      ‘they relied on dialogue to carry the plot’
      • ‘The fans help carry the game.’
      • ‘Though she is a good enough actress to carry the show on her strong shoulders, she's surrounded by a great cast and characters.’
      • ‘While the lyrics have the potential to carry the album on their own, the music elevates it to a far greater level.’
      • ‘Unfortunately none of the other characters were funny enough to carry the show.’
      • ‘Cheadle is a likeable actor who has done good work in the past, but he has yet to carry a movie on the strength of his performance.’
      • ‘Unfortunately the mystery is not suspenseful or for that matter interesting enough to carry the plot on it's own.’
      • ‘The actress seems to be carrying the whole movie on her own; the performances of the other players are not disappointing, but they lack a suitable script to develop their characters.’
  • 5Have as a feature or consequence.

    ‘being a combat sport, karate carries with it the risk of injury’
    ‘each bike carries a ten-year guarantee’
    • ‘However, the incident was spotted by referee Mike Riley who sent him off for violent conduct which carries with it an automatic three-match penalty.’
    • ‘It is also the option that carries the greatest future risk to the provision of local services.’
    • ‘All of their windows carry a ten-year guarantee.’
    • ‘Farmers, advocates and ordinary shoppers all share the view that organics' move to the mainstream carries both benefits and risks.’
    • ‘Once again, this strategic shift in direction carried both costs and benefits.’
    • ‘And anything a school administrator bans carries with it the implicit threat of discipline. One student reports being threatened with expulsion, the principal denies it.’
    • ‘Screening a patient for an illness carries with it the implicit promise that we can make a difference by treating the illness.’
    • ‘A burst aneurysm carries a 90 per cent death rate and is the third most common cause of sudden death in the UK.’
    • ‘Such a move would be unprecedented in American history, and carries considerable political risk.’
    • ‘The former lord chancellor notes that the bill carries with it the worst of unintended consequences.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, out-of-wedlock pregnancy continued to carry a very significant stigma.’
    • ‘I am conscious that the color of my skin carries privilege that may wound, a lightness that can betray.’
    • ‘The process carries with it ethical implications - for example, loss of researchers' time and impairments in the quality of data collected.’
    • ‘All handguns are banned and illegal possession of a firearm now carries a mandatory five-year sentence.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, it emerged that failing to tell the Government when you move house will carry a fine of up to £1,000 under Mr Blunkett's identity card plans.’
    • ‘Despite being placed at the start of the season this tournament carries the largest prize money of any junior tournament in Ireland or England.’
    • ‘Realize that every mistake carries with it a negative consequence.’
    • ‘But the new strategic move carries significant risk.’
    • ‘Such moves carry the potential for a ‘dangerous, objectionable and foolish response’ from China, he said.’
    • ‘Thus, the experience of being rejected by peers carries with it a set of experiences and consequences that contribute to subsequent conduct problems.’
    entail, involve, lead to, result in, occasion, have as a consequence, have
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    1. 5.1 (of a newspaper or a television or radio station) publish or broadcast.
      ‘the paper carried a detailed account of the current crisis’
      • ‘The Times newspaper carried an article today about music played at funerals.’
      • ‘The British press and wire services carried a far different and more complex story.’
      • ‘Be sure to become familiar with the type of news the newspaper or stations carry.’
      • ‘After all, if it wasn't in the public interest, why did newspapers carry the story or print his letter?’
      • ‘If you live in a large city, your local newspaper may carry advertisements for clinical trials at nearby research centers.’
      • ‘Racing was the chief betting sport, the newspapers carrying detailed accounts of the odds and the results.’
      • ‘Newspapers yesterday carried reports of a string of other women who claim to have had relations with the England captain.’
      • ‘The newspapers have carried news agency reports of the New York Times article in their inside pages.’
      • ‘Yesterday state newspapers carried only brief reports of his death.’
      • ‘Television stations that carry investigative programs should also be given more leeway to pursue stories at different levels.’
      • ‘Newspapers and radio stations will carry adverts warning that the drug is harmful to health.’
      • ‘The local radio station carried hourly reports of the event, and thousands of people from across the region have signed petitions.’
      • ‘I'll see whether any of the mainstream newspapers have carried a more detailed report.’
      • ‘Most of the main daily newspapers carried straight reports of the event, which drew thousands onto the streets of Dublin on Sunday.’
      • ‘Each of the five stations will carry BBC World Service's news, science, music and cultural programmes.’
      • ‘Satellite television carries cricket, football and rugby every day of every week.’
      • ‘The new deal ensures that commentary from every league and cup match can be carried by the station.’
      • ‘BBC Radio 4 and radio news bulletins will also carry similar coverage throughout the day.’
      • ‘A few newspapers did carry the story but wildly distorted the facts, greatly upsetting the brothers.’
      • ‘By the next day the press had got wind of the story and the newspapers were carrying stories about the teenager who was going to launch an airline.’
      publish, print, communicate, give, release, distribute, spread, disseminate
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    2. 5.2 (of a shop) keep a regular stock of (goods for sale)
      ‘550 off-licences carry the basic range’
      • ‘It also has a water sports shop that carries everything you need to purchase or rent for water fun activities, and can also arrange for water skiing or kayak rental.’
      • ‘Now, large supermarkets carry as many as 20,000 different food items on their shelves.’
      • ‘Many supermarkets now carry organic tinned pulses that are an excellent option.’
      • ‘You can find tart cherry juice in health-food stores and many supermarkets, while gourmet stores often carry dried cherries.’
      • ‘We carry the largest stock of antique silver in the country.’
      • ‘Many grocery stores are carrying buffalo these days, so be sure to ask.’
      • ‘This meant that their tapes would be carried by chain stores such as Wal-Mart and Kmart.’
      • ‘The store in Manchester carries the most stock, I believe?’
      • ‘Most craft stores carry plain wooden file boxes for painting and decorating.’
      • ‘It will continue to stock its usual range of goods, but will also carry a wider range of Fairtrade and organic lines.’
      • ‘All of these stores carry everything you could need in organic produce and groceries.’
      • ‘Even if that store doesn't carry what you want, the buyer should know where to find it.’
      • ‘Many grocery stores carry or will order pure sauerkraut juice.’
      • ‘Most health food stores carry at least one brand and you can probably find it online. There are two main types of coconut oil.’
      • ‘Many large grocery stores and specialty foods stores carry ready-to-eat, gluten-free grain products.’
      • ‘On the other hand, many health food stores carry treats made from whole grain flours, organic vegetables and oils.’
      • ‘If you can pay a little more, department stores carry popular (and, yes, more expensive) scents.’
      • ‘There may be a few high-end stores carrying some previously unavailable rare items, but most stores today carry mainly standard brands and little stock.’
      • ‘Online bridal stores also carry the latest styles with the most competitive and reasonable prices.’
      • ‘The shop carries four exclusive cosmetic ranges.’
      sell, stock, keep, keep in stock, offer, have for sale, have, retail, market, supply, trade in, deal in, traffic in, peddle, hawk
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    3. 5.3 Be known or marked by.
      ‘the product does not carry the swallow symbol’
      • ‘Both the ThinkPad and Latitude carry Pentium M branding; the Toshiba is a full Centrino product.’
      • ‘It was introduced because we identified a consumer need for a low-carbohydrate and low calorie beer that still has a taste refined enough to carry the Michelob family name.’
      • ‘The trains, which all carry the name Thameslink Cityflier, were expected to offer a full service by today.’
      • ‘But for any product carrying the Perry's brand name, the mix is vat pasteurized.’
      display, bear, exhibit, show, present, set forth, be marked with, have
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  • 6Approve (a proposed measure) by a majority of votes.

    ‘the resolution was carried by a two-to-one majority’
    • ‘Their proposal requires a two-thirds majority - eight votes - to be carried.’
    • ‘If member states had agreed that the treaty could be carried by a majority vote, that would be one thing.’
    • ‘In the event a motion to continue was carried by three votes.’
    • ‘The substantive motion was then voted on, and carried by a massive majority.’
    • ‘Amendments were lost and the motion that all negotiations be broken off was carried with nine votes for and three against.’
    • ‘The motion was then put to the meeting and carried by fifteen votes to three with five abstentions.’
    • ‘The decision was bitterly controversial and was carried by Republican Party majorities alone.’
    • ‘Following an amount of bickering a vote was taken on the amendment and was carried by five votes to one.’
    • ‘Doctors are tomorrow expected to agree a date for a ballot, which is likely to be carried by a strong majority.’
    • ‘Both bills were vigorously contested by the opposition but carried by large majorities.’
    • ‘The Referendum looks on course to receive a big Yes vote and be carried with relative ease.’
    • ‘All other appeals are to be formally debated and carried by a vote of the entire workforce through a secret ballot.’
    approve, vote for, accept, endorse, ratify, authorize, mandate, support, back, uphold
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    1. 6.1 Persuade (others) to support one's policy.
      ‘he could not carry the cabinet’
      • ‘The Chancellor of the Exchequer appears to have carried the Cabinet in his opposition to such a step.’
      • ‘It is impossible to conjecture what might have happened, had the Governor-General failed to carry the electorate with him at this crisis.’
      • ‘He was doing everything right. Yet he lost, failing even to carry the voters who elected him twice as mayor.’
      • ‘No candidate has won the popular vote without carrying Roman Catholics.’
      win over, sway, prevail on, convince, persuade, influence
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    2. 6.2North American Gain (a state or district) in an election.
      • ‘A lot of people don't believe your candidate can win this election without carrying Florida.’
      • ‘Consider that the last Republican to win a presidential election without carrying Florida was Calvin Coolidge in 1924.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, he won the popular vote and carried most working class districts.’
      • ‘It won't help the president carry the state in the general election.’
      • ‘In all four of his successful presidential bids, he carried the South with massive vote tallies.’
      • ‘He was the first nonincumbent Republican presidential candidate to carry the state since 1928.’
      • ‘He expects to carry Minnesota in 2004, along with a number of other traditionally Democratic states.’
      • ‘If he plays his cards right - a big if - he could peel off just enough Cuban voters to carry Florida on November 2.’
      win, capture, gain, secure, effect, take, accomplish
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  • 7Transfer (a figure) to an adjacent column during an arithmetical operation (e.g. when a column of digit adds up to more than ten).

    • ‘Carry the first number of the product above the numbers in the next column to the left.’
    • ‘If ever you get a sum bigger than 10, then write down the units digit of the sum and remember to carry anything over into your next pair to add.’
    • ‘Write down the last digit and carry the other digit, if any, working right-to-left.’
    • ‘We can place the 2 in our answer line and carry the 1 to the tens column.’
    • ‘Then, like a line of dominoes, the nines turn into zeros as we carry one back and back.’


  • 1usually in singular An act of carrying something from one place to another.

    ‘we did a carry of equipment from the camp’
    • ‘‘You're kidding,’ I said, my arms still aching from the short carry from the cab to this desk.’
    • ‘Yesterday we opted for the single carry to the base of Ski Hill, hoping to only go over the lower glacier once.’
    • ‘He stood straight up, threw Theresa over his shoulder in a fireman's carry and scrambled down the long fallen tree.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, we are keen, the whole team did really well in the carry today.’
    • ‘We are fully moved in to our 11,000-foot camp and just did a back carry down to 10.3 where we put that cache in a few days back.’
    • ‘Today we went and did our back carry, meaning we went back downhill and picked up the remainder of our cache at 13, 500 feet.’
    • ‘After the load carry, the group returned to Opentac ABC.’
    • ‘The five events of the contest were the iron cross, the dumbbell carry, the Humvee pull, the tire-flip and the joust.’
    • ‘It doesn't look like we'll be able to do our carry tomorrow.’
    • ‘Sam scooped up the surprisingly weightless body, holding it in a fireman's carry.’
    • ‘The other team will be doing a carry as soon as we're down to 11,2, so they'll be fighting the heat of the day.’
    • ‘To strengthen their shoulder muscles the players had to change shoulders during the carry.’
    • ‘Our carry to 13,5 went uneventfully and we even had a great view of Hunter and Foraker between the cloud cover.’
    1. 1.1American Football An act of running or rushing with the ball.
      • ‘He led the NFL with 403 carries last year, a pace that will eventually burn him out.’
      • ‘Yet, any good running back needs to get plenty of carries in succession to get a rhythm and gets better as the game stretches on.’
      • ‘He is a confident individual that only fumbled the ball three times over 233 carries in 2001.’
      • ‘He ended up with four touchdowns in his first 15 carries.’
      • ‘And the running game struggled again as the two running backs averaged 2.8 yards a carry.’
    2. 1.2North American mass noun The practice of keeping a gun on one's person.
      ‘this pistol is the right choice for on-duty or off-duty carry’
      • ‘The sear release pressure is set at 4 lb, perfect for a carry gun.’
      • ‘It soon passed the demanding standards to allow NYPD to approve it for off duty carry.’
      • ‘Because of its compact size, any version of the PT945 line makes for an ideal carry pistol.’
      • ‘I have thought that it is a very nice looking gun, and it has features I am looking for in a concealed carry weapon.’
      • ‘It is a good size for on duty carry.’
      • ‘Comfortable carry of a handgun often works in opposition to concealment and speed of access.’
      • ‘Of course, some of your customers might go for a Gator Magnum or a concealed carry Gator-Lite.’
      • ‘Concealed carry is driving both nationwide handgun sales and manufacturer's R&D efforts.’
      • ‘For those who don't mind the size, it might be the ultimate carry revolver.’
      • ‘On Gun Watch I note that concealed carry is now regarded as a proven policy in Texas’
      • ‘The safe carry, maintenance and storage of firearms requires concentration on and attention to details.’
    3. 1.3North American historical A place between navigable waters over which boats or supplies had to be carried.
    4. 1.4 The transfer of a figure into an adjacent column (or the equivalent part of a computer memory) during an arithmetical operation.
  • 2usually in singular The range of a gun or similar weapon.

    1. 2.1Golf The distance a ball travels before reaching the ground.
      • ‘The easiest way to increase carry off the tee is to widen your stance by moving your back foot an inch or so away from the target.’
      • ‘My longest drive registered a carry of 258 yards and had rolled another 25.’
      • ‘Now, manufacturers believe that high flight with low spin provides the most carry and the most overall distance.’
      • ‘But with vertical-seam hits, the carry went up to almost 259 yards, an increase of nearly six yards.’
      • ‘The distance zone is the area on the face where hits yield a drive with a minimum carry of 200 yards on a 93 miles-per-hour swing.’
  • 3Finance
    usually in singular The maintenance of an investment position in a securities market, especially with regard to the costs or profits accruing.

    ‘if other short-term interest rates are higher than the current yield, the bond is said to involve a negative carry’
    • ‘Only when, and if the collapse of the carry transpires will the curve bears be vindicated.’
    • ‘If financing costs rise, or if the five-year note goes down in price, the carry can be wiped out.’
    • ‘Once there was a threat that the carry was going to disappear, everything got pummeled, including gold.’


  • carry all before one

    • Overcome all opposition.

      ‘at the beginning of the decade the party seemed to carry all before them’
      • ‘A chancellor who had carried all before him, and managed to ride roughshod over the rest of the cabinet no longer seemed invulnerable.’
      • ‘Both girls are key members of the all conquering Charlestown under-14 girls football which has carried all before them this season to date.’
      • ‘It was only with victory in the 1982 Falklands War that she began to carry all before her.’
      • ‘Pinsent and Cracknell, Olympic heroes from Sydney, were supposed to carry all before them in the pairs.’
      • ‘England have shown they are a match for a team that had previously carried all before them.’
      • ‘His unbounded ambition and ruthless cruelty carry all before him.’
      • ‘Last season they joined the Premiership from the league below and carried all before them, finishing fifth and qualifying for Europe.’
      • ‘In his absence, the Trojans carried all before them, at one point even threatening to burn the Greek ships.’
      • ‘League results too were inconsistent, a far remove from those heady early days of 1966 when the Blues carried all before them.’
      • ‘This time a short penalty, just metres out, allowed the prop to thunder through the defence carrying all before him.’
  • carry one's bat

    • (of an opening or high-order batsman) be not out at the end of a side's completed innings.

      • ‘He was again in superb form carrying his bat for 120 off 154 balls.’
      • ‘The following day Tom again carried his bat, this time scoring 112 in Chorley's eight wicket victory over Denton in the Lancashire Cup.’
      • ‘A week before, I had carried my bat for a century for Surrey so I knew going into the game that I was in good form, but I could never have dreamt that I would play that well in a Test.’
      • ‘And today he had another target - to become the first Lancashire opener to carry his bat against Yorkshire since Charlie Hallows in 1929.’
      • ‘He carried his bat for 102 from 153 deliveries.’
      • ‘He looked like carrying his bat until he was eighth out at 136, caught on the boundary edge having a big swing at Richard Dawson for 69 from 83 balls with six fours.’
      • ‘Top of his Test achievements was an innings of 206, carrying his bat, at Lord's in 1938.’
      • ‘First he carried his bat with 77 not out as his side posted 140-4 in their overs.’
      • ‘He carried his bat for 95, seeing the side to their victory target with ease.’
      • ‘He carried his bat for a magnificent 72 not out.’
  • carry the can

    • informal Take responsibility for a mistake or misdeed.

      ‘if anyone makes a mistake, it's the senior person who has to carry the can’
      • ‘Governments, in other words, receive little or no credit for getting things right on the economy, but are still liable to carry the can if things go wrong.’
      • ‘Traditionally, managers always carry the can for poor results on the field.’
      • ‘A chairman has to make a decision to take the club forward and six months later if it's a bad decision he has to carry the can.’
      • ‘Members are at the sharp end, carrying the can for worse services and the botched tax credits scheme.’
      • ‘Someone will have to carry the can for this and it's not going to be the Prime Minister.’
      • ‘It's unfair to the public representatives who are left carrying the can for it.’
      • ‘I carried the can entirely for what happened last season.’
      • ‘The reality is that at this level coaches carry the can when things go wrong.’
      • ‘As finance director he carried the can for the losses.’
      • ‘But why should the chief executive carry the can for all this?’
  • carry conviction

    • Be convincing.

      ‘he might have reassured the financial markets had he carried conviction as a man in complete charge of economic policy’
      • ‘His explanations of bank procedures and of his own actions carry conviction.’
      • ‘This is of course one of those guesses which carries conviction if said in a loud enough voice: nobody really knows.’
      • ‘If his picture was to carry conviction, it had to express genuine experience.’
      • ‘Above all, he carries conviction because he is like one of us, always wracked by doubt and uncertainties.’
      • ‘In my opinion, these claims no longer carry conviction.’
  • carry the day

    • Be victorious or successful.

      ‘the gusto of the amateur should carry the day’
      • ‘If worked well by the prosecution, they could carry the day.’
      • ‘He is confident that he can carry the day at the polls.’
      • ‘I'd truly hate to see my argument carry the day in court, because it would knock the U.S. out of the trade-agreement business, possibly for a long time.’
      • ‘In the United Kingdom, such objections would carry the day.’
      • ‘I don't have any illusions that my libertarian argument is going to carry the day.’
      • ‘If the handful of objectors carry the day then hundreds of very badly needed new jobs will be lost forever.’
      • ‘For the winners, it was a case of team spirit, skill and determination carrying the day.’
      • ‘But without firm principles to guide him, he doesn't seem to know which argument should carry the day.’
      • ‘It would be the spies, not the diplomats, who would carry the day.’
      • ‘It will be their views on their future that will carry the day.’
      win, capture, gain, secure, effect, take, accomplish
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  • carry weight

    • Be influential.

      ‘the report is expected to carry considerable weight with the administration’
      • ‘They carry weight because of their experience, and the expectation that they speak with the voice of disinterested patriotism.’
      • ‘You know, I agree to a certain degree that, yes, the way we dress, the way that we present ourselves in their society does carry weight.’
      • ‘He has since left the company, but his view may still carry weight.’
      • ‘But why do they think their opinion carries weight?’
      • ‘Each of these individuals has an opinion about what use should be made of the museum's limited funds, and their opinions carry weight.’
      • ‘Citizens throughout the region will increasingly demand that their votes carry weight, and that elected representatives be given real authority.’
      • ‘India's words will carry weight, its actions will move mountains.’
      • ‘These are considered voices and ones which carry weight.’
      • ‘His views would carry weight across the political spectrum.’
      • ‘‘To be honest, the religious endorsement carried weight, and this upset the other candidates,’ he admitted.’
      predominate, prevail, reign, be prevalent, be paramount, be pre-eminent, be most important, be influential, be significant, be of consequence, be of account, count, matter, signify, carry weight, bulk large
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Phrasal Verbs

  • be/get carried away

    • Lose self-control.

      ‘I got a bit carried away when describing his dreadful season’
      • ‘It was the beginning of a long decline. He either didn't realise his own limitations or was carried away by success.’
      • ‘It looks like during the shortage every one was carried away and no one noticed that the vendors were breaking by-laws.’
      • ‘Anyway, prices were marked down to fifty, even seventy percent, and I got carried away and bought stuff, too.’
      • ‘In the rush to buy a property, it's easy to get carried away with a rising market and lose sight of financial reality.’
      • ‘Look, I know I'm getting carried away, but it does the soul good to get carried away occasionally.’
      • ‘The coach believes his team were carried away with the atmosphere.’
      • ‘So we were given two characters, an opening line, a setting and scenario and told to write. I intended to write a very short story but, as usual, got carried away with myself.’
      • ‘He had got carried away while attempting to salvage his business and his marriage.’
      • ‘The audience heaved a big sigh of relief as the play finally ended with the anticipated melodramatic scene, worsened by actors who got carried away by their own histrionics.’
      • ‘He told the audience he went to a party and got carried away.’
      lose self-control, get excited, get overexcited, go too far, lose one's sense of proportion, be swept off one's feet
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  • carry something away

    • Lose a mast or other part of a ship through breakage.

      • ‘The bowsprit carried the mast away.’
      • ‘We were just beginning to congratulate ourselves on a successful launch, when there was a huge crack, and the mast was carried away overboard!’
      • ‘Sails were blown away, the mainmast was sprung, and the mast was carried away and lost, with everything attached to it.’
  • carry something forward

    • 1Transfer figures to a new page or account.

      ‘they allowed the deficit to be carried forward’
      • ‘I must add that no-one does that since any underspends can be carried forward to the following year - another example of good financial management!’
      • ‘Up to £3,000 a year in total gifts can be made to one or more people, and if this allowance is not used in one year it can be carried forward to the next tax year.’
      • ‘To help them do this, some of the 2002/03 underspends were carried forward to 2004 / 05.’
      • ‘The subtotals are carried forward both at the end of each page in the book and at the end of each monthly entry (of income or expenditure).’
      • ‘The outstanding deficits were carried forward from year to year and not written off and absorbed into Treasury finances.’
      • ‘More customers paid off bills rather than carry the debt forward, he added.’
      • ‘When no more room remained on a page in the account book, the account would be carried forward to an available page in that or a subsequent book.’
      • ‘No dividend was paid to the company's French parent and the 2004 profits were carried forward.’
      • ‘If the whole £3,000 is not used in any tax year, the balance can be carried forward to the next year.’
      • ‘As it is possible to carry donations forward for up to five years after the year in which they were made, donations reported for the 2002 taxation year could include donations that were made in any of the five previous years.’
      1. 1.1Keep something to use or deal with at a later time.
        ‘we carried forward a reserve which allowed us to meet demands’
  • carry someone/something off

    • 1Take someone or something away by force.

      ‘bandits carried off his mule’
      • ‘I received word that he carried her off to Avignon, and plans to force her into marriage.’
      • ‘Since that date St. Helena has been in the undisturbed possession of Great Britain, though in 1706 two ships anchored off Jamestown were carried off by the French.’
      • ‘Not one to take no for an answer, he gathered together a group of friends, forced his way in and carried Isabel off in triumph.’
      • ‘But Mitchell did not kill the bear before his hog could be carried off because it happened on a Sunday.’
      • ‘She was playing on a dance machine at Las Vegas Amusements in Marine Parade, Southend, when the stranger tried to carry her off.’
      • ‘There is always a good, beautiful heroine and a prince to carry her off after much trial, tribulation and dancing.’
      • ‘They have been carried off by cannibal pirates.’
      • ‘‘In his 16th year, Patrick was carried off into captivity by Irish marauders and was sold as a slave in Dalriada, a territory of the present county of Antrim,’ it says.’
      • ‘He added: ‘He then grabbed hold of her and carried her off towards the bushes, with her screaming, kicking and resisting.’’
      • ‘They would flip us over their shoulders and carry us off to the coast, where a line of waiting ships would transport us to a new life in a new land.’
      1. 1.1(of a medical condition) kill someone.
        ‘Parkinson's disease carried him off in September’
        • ‘Captain Cook claimed the continent for the British Empire only with their consent, and diseases to which they had no immunity carried them off so that the land was free for white settlement.’
        • ‘His care for the poor and sick may have brought him to a premature end in 1152, when he was carried off by one of the infectious diseases which spread through famine-hit France and England in that year.’
        • ‘Food might save hundreds of thousands of children from starvation, but an equal number might be carried off by hunger-related diseases.’
        • ‘By this time he was already suffering from the spinal disease that carried him off prematurely two years later.’
        • ‘We don't have to worry about diseases like typhoid carrying them off or their losing limbs as they work around heavy machinery every day on long shifts.’
        • ‘We can do very little about diseases which might carry us off but road deaths are preventable, and while drunk drivers may be one of the biggest hazards on our roads, speeders are an even bigger peril.’
        • ‘Lots of readers tell me they have been offering up their own version of a prayer that my illness will not carry me off too soon.’
        kill, kill off, cause the death of, cause to die, end the life of, take the life of, dispatch, finish off
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  • carry something off

    • 1Win a prize.

      ‘she failed to carry off the gold medal’
      • ‘For him to just come out of nowhere and carry this award off is breathtaking really.’
      • ‘The student of the year was Ciaran Sutton, Arts student of the year was Gavin Elsted and the science award was carried off by Patrick Graham.’
      • ‘In 1986 Chadwick was one of the first women shortlisted for the Turner Prize, but failed to carry it off.’
      • ‘This did him a lot of good and he is quick to point out that the prize has very effectively promoted Scottish art: Douglas Gordon carried it off in 1996 and Christine Borland was nominated in 1997.’
      win, secure, capture, gain, achieve, attain, earn, obtain, acquire, procure, get, collect, pick up, come away with
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      1. 1.1Succeed in doing something difficult.
        ‘he could not have carried it off without government help’
        • ‘He couldn't find a musician he thought was capable of carrying it off, and he refused to compromise.’
        • ‘A simple plan, but he carried it off superbly, forcing errors, and he broke to love to win the match.’
        • ‘It is not for everyone, you have to want to do it or you won't carry it off.’
        • ‘Creating a movie that works as a pure entertainment is like writing a catchy pop single - the end result feels light and effortless to the viewer or listener, but it takes a combination of instinct, smarts, and tremendous craft to carry it off.’
        • ‘Some actors can play multiple characters, or personalities and carry them off admirably.’
        • ‘He carried it off in a way that gained him the respect and the admiration of the players.’
        • ‘Somewhat surprisingly, the actor managed to carry this scene off.’
        • ‘Note that I succeeded in carrying this feat off without falling over, whereas my wife has sufficient grace and elegance to not only look fabulous whilst dancing, but can also hold a large gin and tonic without any spillage.’
        • ‘The songs are witty enough, but not all members of this company have the voices to carry them off.’
        • ‘I think she's disciplined enough to carry it off.’
        succeed in, triumph in, be victorious in, achieve success in, be successful in, be a success in, do well at, make good in
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  • carry on

    • 1Continue an activity or task.

      ‘you can carry on with a sport as long as you feel comfortable’
      ‘she carries on watching the telly’
      • ‘‘Ultimately I would love to carry on with the hospital work but it's bordering on charity work really,’ he said.’
      • ‘We had to go round to her house to carry on with the treatments.’
      • ‘We will carry on with the hard work this year and for as long as we can.’
      • ‘The vast majority of people rush inside and carry on with their day's activities.’
      • ‘‘I don't know if its popularity will continue but I'd like to carry on with it as a hobby,’ he said.’
      • ‘She is determined to carry on with her school work and has coped really well considering she just wants to be an ordinary teenager.’
      • ‘We will carry on with the task of building a modern, efficient and collegial university - regardless of irrational rantings.’
      • ‘With progression of the disease certain adaptations will probably have to be made in order to carry on with day-to-day activities.’
      • ‘Mr Franks said: ‘I strongly urge your paper to carry on with your campaign to improve road junctions in that particular area.’’
      • ‘Social activists and volunteer organisers should carry on with their campaign against the perils of tobacco without any let up.’
      continue, keep on, keep, keep at, go on, push on, press on, persist in, persevere in, not stop, maintain
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      1. 1.1Continue to move in the same direction.
        ‘I knew I was going the wrong way, but I just carried on’
        • ‘A 31-year-old woman was on her way to work when a man walking in the opposite direction blocked her path and indecently assaulted her before casually carrying on.’
        • ‘I can safely say that this black dog paid no attention me and simply carried on in the direction it was travelling without even looking at the car.’
        • ‘The bike stopped dead but he carried on moving - flying through the air.’
        • ‘Kirsten swore at the man for a drunken fool before carrying on again, from her bearing she obviously saw him as nothing more than an annoyance, and this time he knew that was not just an act.’
        • ‘Carry straight on, through Horwich, until you reach Adlington.’
        • ‘On reaching the pedestrian area three dismounted and one carried on regardless making shoppers move out of her way.’
        • ‘Otherwise, carry straight on south, and get to grips with the Devil's Ridge.’
        • ‘At sharp left-hand bend, carry straight on to grassy track.’
        • ‘He then nodded slightly and carried on in the direction that they were headed before - north-west.’
        continue, keep on, keep, keep at, go on, push on, press on, persist in, persevere in, not stop, maintain
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    • 2Behave in a specified way.

      ‘they carry on in a very adult fashion’
      • ‘Everybody was under very clear orders to be on their best behaviour, and yet this complete fool chose to carry on like he was a monkey in a zoo.’
      • ‘It must get boring, it must; I've been carrying on like a drunken fool for more than 10 years now, & the miraculous things I expect myself to do are being drowned in a sea of self-pity.’
      • ‘Competitors had improved their performance, but the shop carried on as if it could still control the marketplace, according to one retailer.’
      • ‘If they carry on like this, they will create another class that will not be able to support itself in old age - another group of people who will end up living on benefits.’
      • ‘Every time we see Arnold Schwarzenegger, he is still behaving, you could say carrying on, like a movie star.’
      behave, act, perform, conduct oneself, acquit oneself, bear oneself, carry oneself
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      1. 2.1Behave in an overemotional way.
        • ‘If this is how some people behave in public, Heaven only knows how they carry on in their own homes.’
        • ‘I really felt like shouting, ‘Don't encourage him - he will just do it more,’ but they did scream and he continued to carry on.’
        • ‘She's always laughing and carrying on and making a fool out of someone.’
        • ‘They start behaving like a collection of mad, hydrophobic dogs, carrying on and salivating madly, and trying to bite anybody in sight from the centre-left.’
        misbehave, behave badly, make mischief, get up to mischief, be mischievous, act up, cause trouble, cause a commotion, cause a fuss, be up to no good, get up to no good, be bad, be naughty, clown about, clown around, fool about, fool around, mess about, mess around, act the clown, act the fool, act the goat, act foolishly
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    • 3Be engaged in a love affair, typically one of which the speaker disapproves.

      ‘she was carrying on with young Adam’
      • ‘The first act offers parallel adulteries or near-adulteries by two unacquainted couples, each husband coincidentally carrying on with the other's wife.’
      • ‘She was also secure enough in her sexuality by the age of 13 to be carrying on with her schoolteacher's wife.’
      • ‘Without telling me, he signed a new will about a month before he died leaving everything to a girlfriend he had apparently been carrying on with for several years.’
      • ‘Two, at least, were having a merry time carrying on with their gentlemen in waiting, until they got caught.’
      • ‘The biggest shock, however, comes when he discovers that his daughter Alex is carrying on with Carter behind his back.’
      • ‘His wife is carrying on with the decorator, but he'll be oblivious for months yet.’
      • ‘He was banished from TV for life for carrying on with a woman not his wife.’
      • ‘I thought it was disrespectful to Madeline who would have disapproved of him carrying on with another woman and worse - not being ashamed of it.’
      • ‘His mother is carrying on with a wealthy older man, his father - although his heart may be in the right place - seems ineffectual, and he has a spoiled sister with a fascistic boyfriend.’
      • ‘At one stage, according to official estimates he was carrying on with six of his colleagues.’
      have an affair, commit adultery, philander, dally, be involved
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  • carry something on

    • Engage in an activity.

      ‘he could not carry on a logical conversation’
      • ‘Your editor in fact carried on the conversation and asked me for more information.’
      • ‘Generally, where a person is established, and where the taxable activity is carried on, that person will be required to register for VAT in the country where those supplies are made.’
      • ‘At that time piracy was carried on by some of the highest people in the land.’
      • ‘With no economies of scale, all activity would be carried on in hamlets on a household scale to minimize transportation costs.’
      • ‘Each of these thirteen fairs brought different people to the village and a lot of other business was carried on during the day.’
      • ‘He disappeared down the hallway smiling broadly and struggling to carry on a conversation.’
      • ‘Before the general introduction of steam, and even long afterwards, a regular trade was carried on with the Port of Sligo by small sailing vessels from 80 to 100 tons burden.’
      • ‘Jesus was not opposed to capitalism and the profit motive, so long as economic activities were carried on outside the temple.’
      • ‘In the case of such companies the place where these activities are carried on can be seen in fact to be the geographical source of the profits these activities yield.’
      • ‘Archeological finds have produced evidence that all of these commercial activities were carried on in medieval Dublin.’
      engage in, conduct, undertake, be involved in, take part in, participate in, carry out, perform, direct
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  • carry something out

    • Perform a task.

      ‘we're carrying out a market-research survey’
      • ‘One thousand telephone surveys have been carried out by an independent market research company as well as getting feedback and comments from local people.’
      • ‘We were there to do an important task and to carry it out to the best of our ability with the equipment we had.’
      • ‘However, they had no information on who carried out the actual ambush.’
      • ‘Many investigations have been carried out to study the effects of dehydration on physiological function.’
      • ‘The operation will be carried out while you are under general anaesthetic.’
      • ‘It is a difficult job and only trained and experienced individuals can effectively carry it out.’
      • ‘Our inquiries are being carried out strictly in accordance with UK law and procedures.’
      • ‘Our society can only benefit from archaeological exploration if its work is carried out with a deeper respect for the ancient dead.’
      • ‘All services have to be carried out with reasonable care and skill.’
      • ‘Both units will remain open until a review of services has been carried out.’
      conduct, perform, implement, execute, discharge, bring about, bring off, effect
      fulfil, carry through, implement, execute, effect, discharge, perform, honour, redeem, make good
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  • carry over

    • Extend beyond the original area of application.

      ‘his artistic practice is clearly carrying over into his social thought’
      • ‘He hopes his team's newfound attitude will carry over to the season's remaining games.’
      • ‘That ability to conquer challenges carries over into other areas of life as well.’
      • ‘The better I play, the more it will carry over to the World Cup.’
      • ‘That practice carries over into some modern secret society initiations, where participants are hooded or masked to conceal their identities.’
      • ‘This trend will be big over the Christmas holidays and carry over into spring 2002.’
  • carry something over

    • 1Retain something and apply or deal with it in a new context.

      ‘much of the wartime economic planning was carried over into the peace’
      • ‘As you build this project, remember, every new skill and technique you learn building this table can be carried over into other woodworking projects.’
      • ‘The young can't write business email because they are carrying over the style they developed in text messaging and personal email.’
      • ‘Hopefully that feeling will be carried over from last season to this.’
      • ‘The practice was possibly carried over from a similar arrangement in Massachusetts.’
      • ‘Resolutions on these matters had been carried over from the previous panel meeting on March 18.’
      • ‘Yet, business people who try to carry over what they have learnt in commerce to running an economy will often get it wrong.’
      • ‘Well it worked in the book but it is good that this device was not carried over to TV.’
      • ‘During his presidency, Federalists lit bonfires and held balls in his honor, carrying over earlier British practices of honoring the birthday of the sovereign.’
      • ‘The carbon establishment is betting on hydrogen because they think it will allow them to carry over their huge economic clout into the new era.’
      • ‘I hope I can carry over this generosity to someone else who needs it.’
      1. 1.1Postpone an event.
        ‘the match had to be carried over till Sunday’
        • ‘Another first is a rule, introduced for the 109th running of this event countrywide, that no match will be carried over two days, which means, that whoever is leading if rain calls a halt to proceedings will be declared the winner.’
        • ‘The match had to be carried over because the deadline had elapsed.’
        • ‘The matches went on till as late as 10 p.m. on Saturday and even then the A division final had to be carried over to the next day’
        • ‘So many that the hearing was carried over for a day.’
        postpone, put off, delay, defer, put back, hold off, hold over, carry over, reschedule, do later, shelve, stand over, pigeonhole, hold in abeyance, put in abeyance, mothball
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      2. 1.2Transfer figures to a new page or account.
        ‘only 47% said they carried a balance over from one month to the next’
        • ‘External auditors will question the carrying over of parish cash two years in a row.’
        • ‘Interestingly, another issue is that the Post generally wants employees to use vacation in the year it is accrued; the Guild wants staffers to continue to be able to carry it over from year to year.’
        • ‘It is possible that departments with financial years ending March 31 who overspent will have to carry their deficits over to the following year.’
        • ‘But that is not the case: in fact prices for most models have been carried over from the present models.’
        • ‘If no one wins the award at an event, the bonus will be carried over to the next event on the series schedule.’
        • ‘A grant received for the parish plan will be carried over to the next financial year.’
        • ‘Staff at North Yorkshire County Council could arrange to carry over some of their annual leave to the next year.’
        • ‘The situation was due to be looked at next week and the cash could be carried over into the next financial year.’
        • ‘Over 25 years, money was lodged and withdrawn, sometimes it was carried over from year to year, in other instances it was replaced by new money.’
        • ‘If there is no winner, the money is carried over to the following week.’
  • carry something through

    • 1Bring a project to completion.

      ‘policy blueprints are rarely carried through perfectly’
      • ‘Although several individuals had been keen to buy the house, their plans always foundered when he questioned whether they had the financial resources to carry the project through.’
      • ‘Since this is a once-off project, it is vital that it is carried through as completely as possible with the full co-operation of all.’
      • ‘It is not possible to predict whether such a project will be carried through, or whether compromises and threats will prevent such a formal split.’
      • ‘This is an ambitious project and we need your help to carry it through.’
      • ‘They have carried it through and have shown real enthusiasm throughout the project.’
      • ‘So coming from a man who's made good ideas into good business, what does it take to carry a bright idea through to completion?’
      • ‘But I don't want to start a project and not be able to carry it through.’
      • ‘Because he was not in a position to carry the review through to its conclusion he left early.’
      • ‘Most importantly, we have a lot of dedication and the sheer tenacity to carry this project through.’
      • ‘We rely on those who have the vision and the skills to carry ideas through to completion.’
      achieve, accomplish, carry out, succeed in, realize, attain, manage, bring off, carry off, carry through, execute, conduct, fix, engineer, perform, do, perpetrate, discharge, fulfil, complete, finish, consummate, conclude
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      1. 1.1Bring something safely out of difficulties.
        ‘he was the only person who could carry the country through’
        • ‘An unprecedented boom followed American independence, and with periodic fluctuations it carried the new nation through the first half of the next century.’
        • ‘Despite the company's current difficulties it's their marketing focus that will carry them through, he said.’
        • ‘While consumers carried the economy through the recession, execs are now taking the lead in generating growth.’
        • ‘Though the plot has the unmistakable ring of familiarity, strong acting and directing carry the film through occasional missteps.’
        • ‘Businesses are taking steps to keep cash from going out the door, and they are bringing in fresh money by borrowing to create a cushion to carry them through hard times.’


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French and Old Northern French carier, based on Latin carrus ‘wheeled vehicle’.