Definition of convey in English:



  • 1 Transport or carry to a place.

    ‘pipes were laid to convey water to the house’
    • ‘Since then he has brought his own mode of transport and conveyed anyone that was at a specified location at an appointed time.’
    • ‘It conveys water from the southwest towards Tripoli.’
    • ‘I have been sacrificed, transferred and conveyed so often, I know the feeling of being lifted and carried away.’
    • ‘Flow to the downstream channel is conveyed by a principal spillway-usually a pipe - through the reservoir.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some, but not all, are conveyed to shoots in the transpiration stream.’
    • ‘The breath was positive and the respondent was arrested and conveyed to Brecon Police Station.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thus, feed is often delivered in trucks and conveyed by mechanized equipment to the feed stations.’
    • ‘The other three channels start from Bulgaria, conveying women and girls to Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary and the Czech Republic, Holland and Belgium.’
    • ‘Tractors cannot be used on land to convey fodder to feeding sites and farmers have to carry in hay or silage on their backs.’
    • ‘Nigel Brown made history by driving the first Eurostar train conveying the Queen at the inauguration of the Channel Tunnel in 1994.’
    transport, carry, bring, take, fetch, bear, move, ferry, shuttle, shift, transfer
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    1. 1.1Make (an idea, impression, or feeling) known or understandable to someone.
      ‘the real virtues and diversity of America had never been conveyed in the movies’
      [with clause] ‘it's impossible to convey how lost I felt’
      • ‘As the name indicates, the movie also conveys feelings of nostalgia and the pangs of lost love.’
      • ‘I mean, how could such a simple word convey a feeling so intense and nauseous?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When she sang, her voice was soft and gentle, conveying her feelings of love and compassion for him.’
      • ‘It's in the way we engage in small talk and mobilize our facial expressions to convey interest and sympathetic sentiments.’
      • ‘By their regular performance, the words are remembered from one generation to the next, and they convey beliefs and ideas from the distant past.’
      • ‘The most effective channel for artists to convey their perspectives is through their art.’
      • ‘The melodies could sometimes be stronger, but King's lyrics and delivery convey an arresting spectrum of ambivalent emotions.’
      • ‘Rather than providing a transparent depiction of daily life, diarists convey a great deal about the preoccupations of their society.’
      • ‘They could perfectly understand its conveying an impression of hypocrisy on the paper's part.’
      • ‘The content is out there, and he brings it together in a manner that conveys his view, and he does so extremely well.’
      • ‘Words are not always the only or even the best way to convey feelings of joy, sadness, fear, contentment, anger, and love.’
      • ‘He was casually dressed, his speech was mediocre in delivery, but most tellingly, his body language conveyed a cool arrogance.’
      • ‘These photos are more effective in conveying thoughts and ideas than personal sketches and narrative will ever be.’
      • ‘Iris finished off the statement with a small smile that she hoped conveyed sympathy and understanding for Emily's position.’
      • ‘He looked up at her, with an expression designed to convey the right feelings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is only since Charlotte's diagnosis that I have found words that almost convey my feelings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A book as a prop is a great idea to convey the mood and make the sitter feel relaxed.’
    2. 1.2Communicate (a message or information)
      ‘Mr. Harvey and his daughter have asked me to convey their very kind regards’
      • ‘It is also how we want to see racing go forward and to be able to convey our wishes.’
      • ‘We are overwhelmed by information, so conveying a message that sticks is tougher than ever.’
      • ‘The Internet site conveys messages to large numbers of prospective students quickly and very inexpensively.’
      • ‘Save your e-mails for conveying real information.’
      • ‘But the real heart of most advertising messages conveys information or communicates a feeling about the product or service being advertised.’
      • ‘All internal information is conveyed via the company's intranet, while the internet is used to support the recruitment side of HR management.’
      • ‘Williamson's characters failed to touch, move or convey anything of significance.’
      • ‘This message was conveyed to the children through the media, the community, and the school.’
      • ‘Two messages we sent at this time convey the sense of concern about this situation.’
      • ‘We also enjoy the right to conduct and participate in protests and gatherings to convey our position to governments and companies.’
      • ‘He has a special interest in attempting to convey academic ideas to the mainstream, perhaps through print journalism.’
      • ‘No movement is gratuitous - every jump, turn, arabesque and gesture conveys information.’
      • ‘Teenagers have always used text messaging not so much to convey information as to hang out electronically with friends.’
      • ‘Verbal language is commonly used to communicate, to convey a message and to criticize.’
      • ‘She actually made the effort to convey her message to another friend to inform me.’
      • ‘I still haven't brought myself to call my cousin to convey my condolences.’
      • ‘Images and graphics that illustrate messages are very persuasive, and humour conveys information quite subtly and effectively.’
      • ‘As a translation, this book conveys the message in a very easy way.’
      • ‘The message is conveyed, but no information is received back until a reply arrives.’
      • ‘Upon completion of this course you will be able to communicate with spirit and convey the information you receive.’
    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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘This property was eventually conveyed to National Trust, which in time sold it.’
      • ‘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.’


Middle English (in the sense escort; compare with convoy): from Old French conveier, from medieval Latin conviare, from con- together + Latin via way.