carry (v.)

early 14c., "to bear or convey, take along or transport," from Anglo-French carier "to transport in a vehicle" or Old North French carrier "to cart, carry" (Modern French charrier), from Gallo-Roman *carrizare, from Late Latin carricare, from Latin carrum originally "two-wheeled Celtic war chariot," from Gaulish (Celtic) karros, from PIE *krsos, from root *kers- "to run."

Meaning "take by force, gain by effort" is from 1580s. Sense of "gain victory, bear to a successful conclusion" is from 1610s; specifically in reference to elections from 1848, American English. Meaning "to conduct, manage" (often with an indefinite it) is from 1580s. Meaning "bear up and support" is from 1560s. Commercial sense of "keep in stock" is from 1848. In reference to mathematical operations from 1798. Of sound, "to be heard at a distance" by 1858.

To carry out "conduct to completion" is from c. 1600. To carry it off "brazen a thing out" is from 1704; carried off as a euphemism for "killed" is from 1670s. To be carried (away) in the figurative sense "transported, having the attention fully absorbed" is from 1560s. Carrying capacity is attested from 1836. Carry-castle (1590s) was an old descriptive term for an elephant.

carry (n.)

c. 1600, "vehicle for carrying," from carry (v.). From 1880 as "the act or an act of carrying." U.S. football sense "an instance of carrying the ball" is attested by 1949.

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Definitions of carry from WordNet
carry (v.)
move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body;
carry the suitcases to the car
These pipes carry waste water into the river
This train is carrying nuclear waste
You must carry your camping gear
Synonyms: transport
carry (v.)
have with oneself; have on one's person;
I always carry money
Synonyms: pack / take
carry (v.)
transmit or serve as the medium for transmission;
The airwaves carry the sound
Synonyms: impart / conduct / transmit / convey / channel
carry (v.)
serve as a means for expressing something;
His voice carried a lot of anger
Synonyms: convey / express
carry (v.)
bear or be able to bear the weight, pressure,or responsibility of;
His efforts carried the entire project
We carry a very large mortgage
How many credits is this student carrying?
carry (v.)
support or hold in a certain manner;
He carried himself upright
Synonyms: hold / bear
carry (v.)
contain or hold; have within;
Synonyms: hold / bear / contain
carry (v.)
extend to a certain degree;
carry too far
carry (v.)
continue or extend;
The civil war carried into the neighboring province
Synonyms: extend
carry (v.)
be necessarily associated with or result in or involve;
carry (v.)
win in an election;
The senator carried his home state
carry (v.)
include, as on a list;
How many people are carried on the payroll?
carry (v.)
behave in a certain manner;
She carried herself well
Synonyms: behave / acquit / bear / deport / conduct / comport
carry (v.)
have on hand;
Do you carry kerosene heaters?
Synonyms: stock / stockpile
carry (v.)
include as the content; broadcast or publicize;
All major networks carried the press conference
Synonyms: run
carry (v.)
Synonyms: dribble
carry (v.)
pass on a communication;
The news was carried to every village in the province
carry (v.)
have as an inherent or characteristic feature or have as a consequence;
These bonds carry warrants
carry (v.)
be conveyed over a certain distance;
carry (v.)
keep up with financial support;
The Federal Government carried the province for many years
carry (v.)
have or possess something abstract;
I carry her image in my mind's eye
I carry these thoughts in the back of my head
I carry a lot of life insurance
I will carry the secret to my grave
carry (v.)
be equipped with (a mast or sail);
This boat can only carry a small sail
carry (v.)
win approval or support for;
Synonyms: persuade / sway
carry (v.)
compensate for a weaker partner or member by one's own performance;
I resent having to carry her all the time
carry (v.)
take further or advance;
carry a cause
carry (v.)
have on the surface or on the skin;
carry scars
carry (v.)
capture after a fight;
The troops carried the town after a brief fight
carry (v.)
transfer (entries) from one account book to another;
Synonyms: post
carry (v.)
transfer (a number, cipher, or remainder) to the next column or unit's place before or after, in addition or multiplication;
put down 5 and carry 2
carry (v.)
pursue a line of scent or be a bearer;
the dog was taught to fetch and carry
carry (v.)
bear (a crop);
this land does not carry olives
carry (v.)
propel or give impetus to;
carry (v.)
drink alcohol without showing ill effects;
he had drunk more than he could carry
Synonyms: hold
carry (v.)
be able to feed;
This land will carry ten cows to the acre
carry (v.)
have a certain range;
carry (v.)
cover a certain distance or advance beyond;
The drive carried to the green
carry (v.)
secure the passage or adoption (of bills and motions);
The motion carried easily
carry (v.)
be successful in;
She lost the game but carried the match
carry (v.)
sing or play against other voices or parts;
He cannot carry a tune
carry (v.)
be pregnant with;
I am carrying his child
Synonyms: have a bun in the oven / bear / gestate / expect
carry (n.)
the act of carrying something;