One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object To carry, bear, or convey back or again. Frequently in "to carry and recarry".
2with object To retake or reclaim (a town, position, ship, etc.) from the enemy by military assault. Now chiefly: to regain (a district, etc.) in an election.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Rolls of Parliament. From re- + carry. Compare Middle French rapporter, classical Latin reportāre.
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