Definition of carpool in US English:

carpool

noun

North American
  • 1An arrangement between people to make a regular journey in a single vehicle, typically with each person taking turns to drive the others.

    • ‘‘You didn't cancel your carpool for nothing, I know,’ he sighed.’
    • ‘Drivers were limited to three gallons of gas per week, leading to the formation of carpools or ‘car clubs.’’
    • ‘Thirty percent of users have shifted to alternative modes of transportation: carpools, bicycles, and cars that run on liquefied petroleum gas, a low-polluting alternative to conventional gasoline and diesel.’
    • ‘Public transportation or a carpool might help reduce the stress of navigating traffic.’
    • ‘Cohousers often share one set of garden and household tools, organize carpools, and form co-ops to order groceries in bulk.’
    • ‘This would be great for finding other students to organize carpools to/from work or to share housing with.’
    • ‘While attending university, Maurice extended his chauffeur services to friends, organizing a free carpool.’
    • ‘Older kids walk with younger ones, groups of kids bike together, carpools help create social networks of parents who know and trust each other.’
    • ‘The government wants companies to help out commuting workers by paying their mass-transit fares or their gas money for carpools.’
    • ‘Since not everyone had cars on campus, the group first met in the Bible study room to arrange carpools.’
    • ‘We organized logistics such as meetings, timelines, deadlines, practices, and carpools.’
    • ‘My daughter, Ana, came to me asking, ‘Can you take me to school before the carpool, Dad?’’
    • ‘Here's what happened: I was stranded downtown after work on a recent Wednesday because my carpool home had fallen through.’
    • ‘All this talk about optimizing travel networks made me think of an even bigger opportunity to get cars off the roads, which would be to use this same software to optimize a network of carpools.’
    • ‘The first order of business as the date approached was arranging carpools, started as usual by Bob Zimmerman.’
    • ‘The era of ‘walking uphill two miles to school every day’ is long-gone for most kids, and with the availability of buses and carpools, most parents opt to take or have their kids taken to school.’
    • ‘Keep in mind that parent carpools are possible; older kids can organize their own carpools and perhaps get released time from school.’
    • ‘Parents can guide their kids in the right direction and help with details, such as organizing carpools.’
    • ‘Those wishing to arrange carpools should visit www.metrocommuterservices.com, a web site that matches people living in adjacent areas who need rides.’
    1. 1.1 A group of people in a carpool.
      ‘if passengers traveled in carpools of four, gasoline consumption would fall by 45 percent’
      • ‘Monday is her day to drive the carpool, Tuesday the girls go to ballet, then tumbling class.’
      • ‘In fact, a bunch of the kids in our class were watching it that night, so we formed a carpool.’
      • ‘I kept walking but when I got outside I saw that my carpool hadn't arrived yet.’
      • ‘Kids were milling around all over the place, their numbers constantly increasing with every arriving busload and carpool.’
      • ‘Being a carpool is easy: you need carry only one other passenger.’
      • ‘Apparently she was in my carpool to and from high school for a year.’
      • ‘This TV mom doesn't bake cookies, drive carpools or help out with the homework.’
      • ‘She looked like a pleasant mom-type - you could picture her driving the carpool or participating in a sewing circle.’
      • ‘Nothing's better for getting the scoop on adolescents than driving the after-school carpool.’

verb

[no object]North American
  • Form or participate in a carpool.

    • ‘Except for a few who live nearby in Chinatown, students who have managed to continue attending classes have either carpooled or taken cabs.’
    • ‘And instead of flying to your next business meeting simply because your company will pay for it, try carpooling or taking a train, or telecommuting via phone, fax or the Internet.’
    • ‘If they were in a good mood, we carpooled with them.’
    • ‘Ridesharing, also known as carpooling or vanpooling, represents an effective means to reduce congestion on the region's major traffic arteries and automobile emissions, which contribute to air quality problems in the region.’
    • ‘If you carpooled, you'd have about three pounds of CO2 left in your daily ration - enough to run a highly efficient refrigerator.’
    • ‘People who carpooled to distribute the stress will begin driving alone.’
    • ‘The city has unveiled a plan to provide alternate means of transportation, which would include additional ferry service, carpooling and increasing the use of the school bus service.’
    • ‘Other people carpooled, roller-bladed and cycled to work.’
    • ‘Also, look into carpooling with others to get to and from practice.’
    • ‘Maybe they didn't have many cars, but what about carpooling?’
    • ‘At the office, he began rewarding employees for improving the fuel efficiency of their own cars and for carpooling.’
    • ‘I was thinking that maybe, if you wanted, we could work out some kind of schedule for carpooling.’
    • ‘They're carpooling, they'll be here any minute now.’
    • ‘Carpooling or vanpooling was less common, with most carpooling only a few times a year or not at all.’
    • ‘But some drivers will respond by making fewer trips, carpooling, or using alternative forms of transportation.’
    • ‘They've stood in long lines to get on commuter trains, they have crowded on to ferries, they've carpooled with strangers.’
    • ‘I think most people in this country can remember, unless they were born in the 1980s or later, carless days and carpooling.’
    • ‘So far, though, the only hurt has been felt by the nearly half-million bus riders who have spent a month hitching, carpooling, walking or skipping work altogether.’
    • ‘Other drivers started carpooling, or shifted their work hours to miss the morning and evening rush hours.’
    • ‘My mom didn't strap us kids into car seats, which meant that it was easier to go places and to share carpooling with neighbors.’

Pronunciation

carpool

/ˈkɑrpul//ˈkärpo͞ol/