Definition of convey in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Transport or carry to a place.

    ‘pipes were laid to convey water to the house’
    • ‘The breath was positive and the respondent was arrested and conveyed to Brecon Police Station.’
    • ‘Converting a site from a natural to a developed state greatly increases the efficiency of the drainage system by compacting soils and collecting and conveying runoff using impervious surfaces and pipes.’
    • ‘Since then he has brought his own mode of transport and conveyed anyone that was at a specified location at an appointed time.’
    • ‘Thus, feed is often delivered in trucks and conveyed by mechanized equipment to the feed stations.’
    • ‘Nigel Brown made history by driving the first Eurostar train conveying the Queen at the inauguration of the Channel Tunnel in 1994.’
    • ‘Flow to the downstream channel is conveyed by a principal spillway-usually a pipe - through the reservoir.’
    • ‘The other three channels start from Bulgaria, conveying women and girls to Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary and the Czech Republic, Holland and Belgium.’
    • ‘The respondent was arrested and conveyed to Chichester police station where he provided a breath specimen of 78 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.’
    • ‘Some, but not all, are conveyed to shoots in the transpiration stream.’
    • ‘It conveys water from the southwest towards Tripoli.’
    • ‘The free-floating atmospherically conveyed influenza virus moves from human to human in proportion solely to the proximity and number of human contacts it lands on.’
    • ‘I have been sacrificed, transferred and conveyed so often, I know the feeling of being lifted and carried away.’
    • ‘Tractors cannot be used on land to convey fodder to feeding sites and farmers have to carry in hay or silage on their backs.’
    transport, carry, bring, take, fetch, bear, move, ferry, shuttle, shift, transfer
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    1. 1.1 Make (an idea, impression, or feeling) known or understandable to someone.
      ‘the real virtues and diversity of America had never been conveyed in the movies’
      ‘it's impossible to convey how lost I felt’
      • ‘Iris finished off the statement with a small smile that she hoped conveyed sympathy and understanding for Emily's position.’
      • ‘The republicans are enormously conscious of this and very, very good at it, and it's not just words, it's the ideas conveyed by the words.’
      • ‘The content is out there, and he brings it together in a manner that conveys his view, and he does so extremely well.’
      • ‘These photos are more effective in conveying thoughts and ideas than personal sketches and narrative will ever be.’
      • ‘The earliest drawings in the show were almost nerve-wracking to view, conveying the feeling of huge ideas having been forced onto a tiny stage.’
      • ‘When she sang, her voice was soft and gentle, conveying her feelings of love and compassion for him.’
      • ‘He was casually dressed, his speech was mediocre in delivery, but most tellingly, his body language conveyed a cool arrogance.’
      • ‘By their regular performance, the words are remembered from one generation to the next, and they convey beliefs and ideas from the distant past.’
      • ‘It is only since Charlotte's diagnosis that I have found words that almost convey my feelings.’
      • ‘The word conveys the idea that some conscious party or agency was at a scene and can give an account of events, but it doesn't say anything about the reliability of that account.’
      • ‘As the name indicates, the movie also conveys feelings of nostalgia and the pangs of lost love.’
      • ‘The most effective channel for artists to convey their perspectives is through their art.’
      • ‘He looked up at her, with an expression designed to convey the right feelings.’
      • ‘I mean, how could such a simple word convey a feeling so intense and nauseous?’
      • ‘Rather than providing a transparent depiction of daily life, diarists convey a great deal about the preoccupations of their society.’
      • ‘Words are not always the only or even the best way to convey feelings of joy, sadness, fear, contentment, anger, and love.’
      • ‘A book as a prop is a great idea to convey the mood and make the sitter feel relaxed.’
      • ‘They could perfectly understand its conveying an impression of hypocrisy on the paper's part.’
      • ‘It's in the way we engage in small talk and mobilize our facial expressions to convey interest and sympathetic sentiments.’
      • ‘The melodies could sometimes be stronger, but King's lyrics and delivery convey an arresting spectrum of ambivalent emotions.’
      project, exude, emit, emanate, send forth
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    2. 1.2 Communicate (a message or information)
      ‘Mr. Harvey and his daughter have asked me to convey their very kind regards’
      • ‘Save your e-mails for conveying real information.’
      • ‘Williamson's characters failed to touch, move or convey anything of significance.’
      • ‘She actually made the effort to convey her message to another friend to inform me.’
      • ‘It is also how we want to see racing go forward and to be able to convey our wishes.’
      • ‘As a translation, this book conveys the message in a very easy way.’
      • ‘I still haven't brought myself to call my cousin to convey my condolences.’
      • ‘Upon completion of this course you will be able to communicate with spirit and convey the information you receive.’
      • ‘Two messages we sent at this time convey the sense of concern about this situation.’
      • ‘He has a special interest in attempting to convey academic ideas to the mainstream, perhaps through print journalism.’
      • ‘We also enjoy the right to conduct and participate in protests and gatherings to convey our position to governments and companies.’
      • ‘Images and graphics that illustrate messages are very persuasive, and humour conveys information quite subtly and effectively.’
      • ‘Verbal language is commonly used to communicate, to convey a message and to criticize.’
      • ‘But the real heart of most advertising messages conveys information or communicates a feeling about the product or service being advertised.’
      • ‘No movement is gratuitous - every jump, turn, arabesque and gesture conveys information.’
      • ‘The Internet site conveys messages to large numbers of prospective students quickly and very inexpensively.’
      • ‘This message was conveyed to the children through the media, the community, and the school.’
      • ‘All internal information is conveyed via the company's intranet, while the internet is used to support the recruitment side of HR management.’
      • ‘The message is conveyed, but no information is received back until a reply arrives.’
      • ‘Teenagers have always used text messaging not so much to convey information as to hang out electronically with friends.’
      • ‘We are overwhelmed by information, so conveying a message that sticks is tougher than ever.’
      communicate, pass on, make known, impart, relay, transmit, send, hand on
      express, communicate, indicate, tell, say, put across, put over, get across, get over
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    3. 1.3Law Transfer the title to (property).
      • ‘Their instructions were that they had let him have the deeds of the property but they had not conveyed the property to him.’
      • ‘A declaration of a trust is to be distinguished from the creation of a trust: the latter occurs when both the trust has been declared and title to the property has been conveyed to the trustee.’
      • ‘This property was eventually conveyed to National Trust, which in time sold it.’
      • ‘The property was conveyed to the father, but it was agreed that if the son and his wife paid all the mortgage instalments he would then convey the property to them.’
      • ‘Is it right that a lawyer is retained to convey a property and their client ends up with nothing?’
      transfer, give the right of, give the title of, grant, cede, devolve, lease
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Middle English (in the sense ‘escort’; compare with convoy): from Old French conveier, from medieval Latin conviare, from con- ‘together’ + Latin via ‘way’.