Definition of convoy in English:



  • A group of ships or vehicles travelling together, typically one accompanied by armed troops, warships, or other vehicles for protection.

    ‘a convoy of lorries’
    • ‘An armed convoy of police vehicles swept into the prison complex an hour before his court hearing.’
    • ‘In the First World War it was a rendezvous point for convoys travelling to Norway.’
    • ‘Attacks on trucks and aid convoys make roads too dangerous to travel, and the scared and hungry arrive at swollen relief camps daily.’
    • ‘Long convoys still travel though the shattered rock and sand of the deserts and the hills.’
    • ‘They welcome outsiders with threats and extortion, and steal food from aid convoys.’
    • ‘Some Marines were flown back to the ship; others came down in convoys with their own vehicles.’
    • ‘That day they visited four different bases, traveling between them in convoys.’
    • ‘Roosevelt had already pushed neutrality to the limit and had assigned warships to accompany convoys in the Atlantic.’
    • ‘For example, you are often tasked to accompany and protect convoys of food or refugees.’
    • ‘Ahead of the convoys were processions of mine sweepers, Coast Guard cutters, buoy-layers and motor launches.’
    • ‘I had two bodyguards and we would travel in a convoy of not less than two armoured vehicles.’
    • ‘He had previous convictions after pretending to be a fleet manager sending aid convoys to Bosnia and twice posing as a police officer.’
    • ‘He urged them not to travel in convoys, because these tend to create a real hazard as motorists attempt to overtake on narrow roads.’
    • ‘Too often, logistics convoys are thrown together at the last minute without even a combat order or a precombat inspection.’
    • ‘True to his word the travellers left in a convoy of caravans on Monday afternoon.’
    • ‘The motorcycle unit set up road blocks as a convoy of Tactical Aid Unit vans made their way to the addresses.’
    • ‘They were also designated to protect truck convoys and counter ambush forces.’
    • ‘U.N. agencies are already on the ground bringing in convoys of relief aid.’
    • ‘In fact, she was travelling in a convoy of three vehicles when all three drivers were stopped.’
    • ‘They were among a group of locals who had rushed to the aid of the stricken convoy.’
    group, fleet, cavalcade, motorcade, cortège, caravan, company, line, train, procession
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[with object]
  • (of a warship or armed troops) accompany (a group of ships or vehicles) for protection.

    ‘American destroyers helped to convoy much-needed supplies to Britain in 1917–18’
    • ‘Or an army may be available in the British Isles, with no way to convoy it to where it is needed.’
    • ‘The Airmen then convoyed to the city in early April where they replaced a group of Soldiers and became the 2632nd Aerospace Expeditionary Force Transportation Company.’
    • ‘The 32 OCS then convoyed and deployed all the equipment to Douglas Field, Fort Sill Army Post, and another local training site, all under field conditions.’
    • ‘Not only does Italy have every advantage that both Austria and Turkey do, but it also gains the advantage of outflanking Austria by convoying an army into Greece.’
    • ‘The harsh reality, again, is, as reported earlier by CNN, their vehicles are often convoyed further north.’
    • ‘If their vehicles aren't armored, the policy is that they are convoyed on other vehicles.’
    • ‘These campaigns were narrowly defeated using a balanced force of Allied fleets, with opposing submarines, merchant ships convoyed by surface ships (primarily destroyers), and sea and land-based aviation.’
    • ‘His first 11 months aboard the Alabama was in the European theatre, mostly in the North Sea, convoying British and Russian troop and supply ships against a German U-boat armada.’
    • ‘These companies, which convoyed daily, were able to provide their own security.’
    • ‘The bottleneck access to Bulgaria means that deployment of armies is maddeningly slow until the Black Sea has been secured and can be used for convoying armies out of Ankara.’
    • ‘If France does not enter the Channel, the army may be convoyed through the North Sea to Norway.’
    • ‘It would treat the army's move as a convoy in A and B, and would keep the convoy intact in C. Those who feel that the army move should be considered overland, not convoyed, won't like that.’
    • ‘The best way to do that is not to have an army available to convoy.’
    • ‘Maarten Tromp defeated Blake off Dungeness in December 1652, but convoying Dutch merchant ships through the Channel proved difficult and the Dutch chief minister, Johan de Witt, settled for reasonable peace terms from Cromwell in 1654.’
    • ‘Every day, for 350 days, we organized the trains and convoyed to the brigade support area as a logistics package.’
    escort, accompany, attend, flank
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  • in convoy

    • As a group; together.

      ‘the army trucks had passed through in convoy the previous evening’
      • ‘In convoy the two cars drove out of the car park and back towards the farm.’
      • ‘Hundreds of old military vehicles have driven in convoy to the Channel ports on the South Coast as they make their way to the anniversary celebrations.’
      • ‘Furthermore, I lose count of the number of lorries which appear to love travelling in convoy, leaving no gaps in between in which to allow for overtaking.’
      • ‘From there they will make their way in convoy to Leopardstown and enjoy a fun day out with face-painting, music, dancing and a host of other activities especially lined up for their entertainment.’
      • ‘A coach and an ambulance travelled in convoy from our area.’
      • ‘On the day his action earned him his medal, gunner Thomas, who married his American girlfriend Bridget last year, was travelling in convoy when his tank struck a roadside bomb and set alight.’
      • ‘Meanwhile in Waterford city, 80 taxi drivers met in Railway Square at lunchtime and drove in convoy along the Cork road, onto the quay and over Rice Bridge.’
      • ‘For more than a week we drove in convoy on roads that were sometimes narrow and rutted, sometimes multi-stranded tracks and sometimes not roads at all but just the wide-open desert.’
      • ‘More than 500 youngsters aged six to 12 from throughout the United Kingdom will arrive at Buckingham Palace, including 200 in 100 decorated London taxis driving in convoy down The Mall.’
      • ‘The ‘curfew’ was generally welcomed by the committee, but some members were concerned it would encourage drivers to wait in lay-bys outside the town until the allotted time and then enter in convoy.’
      accompanying, following, in attendance, in convoy, by one's side, in one's charge, under one's protection
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Late Middle English (originally Scots, as a verb in the senses ‘convey’, ‘conduct’, and ‘act as escort’): from French convoyer, from medieval Latin conviare (see convey).