1an act of carrying something from one place to another:we did a carry of equipment from the camp
American Football an act of running or rushing with the ball.
[mass noun]North American the practice of keeping a gun on one’s person:this pistol is the right choice for on-duty or off-duty carry
North American historical a place between navigable waters over which boats or supplies had to be carried.
the transfer of a figure into an adjacent column (or the equivalent part of a computer memory) during an arithmetical operation.
2the range of a gun or similar weapon.
Golf the distance a ball travels before reaching the ground.
3 Finance the maintenance of an investment position in a securities market, especially with regard to the costs or profits accruing:if other short-term interest rates are higher than the current yield, the bond is said to involve a negative carry
1support and move (someone or something) from one place to another:medics were carrying a wounded man on a stretcher
transport, conduct or transmit:the train service carries 20,000 passengers dailynerves carry visual information from the eyes
have on one’s person:he was killed for the money he was carrying figurativeshe had carried the secret all her life
be infected with (a disease) and liable to transmit it to others:ticks can carry a nasty disease which affects humans
2support the weight of:the bridge is capable of carrying even the heaviest loads
be pregnant with:she was carrying twins
3 [no object] (of a sound, ball, missile, etc.) reach a specified point:his voice carried clearly across the roomthe ball carried to second slip
[with object] (of a gun or similar weapon) propel (a missile) to a specified distance.
[with object] take or develop (an idea or activity) to a specified point:he carried the criticism much further
4assume or accept (responsibility or blame):they must carry management responsibility for the mess they have got the company into
be responsible for the effectiveness of:they relied on dialogue to carry the plot
5 (carry oneself) stand and move in a specified way:she carried herself straight and with assurance
6have as a feature or consequence:being a combat sport, karate carries with it the risk of injuryeach bike carries a ten-year guarantee
(of a newspaper or a television or radio station) publish or broadcast:the paper carried a detailed account of the current crisis
(of a shop) keep a regular stock of (goods for sale):550 off-licences carry the basic range
be known or marked by:the product does not carry the swallow symbol
7approve (a proposed measure) by a majority of votes:the resolution was carried by a two-to-one majority
persuade (others) to support one’s policy:he could not carry the cabinet
North American gain (a state or district) in an election.
8transfer (a figure) to an adjacent column during an arithmetical operation (e.g. when a column of digit adds up to more than ten).
carry all before one
overcome all opposition:at the beginning of the decade the party seemed to carry all before them
carry one's bat
Cricket (of an opening or high-order batsman) be not out at the end of a side’s completed innings.
carry the can
British informal take responsibility for a mistake or misdeed:if anyone makes a mistake, it’s the senior person who has to carry the can
be convincing:he might have reassured the financial markets had he carried conviction as a man in complete charge of economic policy
carry the day
be victorious or successful:the gusto of the amateur should carry the day
be influential:the report is expected to carry considerable weight with the administration
be/get carried away
lose self-control:I got a bit carried away when describing his dreadful season
carry something away
Nautical lose a mast or other part of a ship through breakage.
carry something forward
transfer figures to a new page or account:they allowed the deficit to be carried forward
keep something to use or deal with at a later time:we carried forward a reserve which allowed us to meet demands
carry someone/thing off
take someone or something away by force:bandits carried off his mule
(of a medical condition) kill someone:Parkinson’s disease carried him off in September
carry something off
win a prize:she failed to carry off the gold medal
succeed in doing something difficult:he could not have carried it off without government help
1continue an activity or task:you can carry on with a sport as long as you feel comfortableshe carries on watching the telly
continue to move in the same direction:I knew I was going the wrong way, but I just carried on
2 informal behave in a specified way:they carry on in a very adult fashion
behave in an overemotional way.
3 informal be engaged in a love affair, typically one of which the speaker disapproves:she was carrying on with young Adam
carry something on
engage in an activity:he could not carry on a logical conversation
carry something out
perform a task:we’re carrying out a market-research survey
extend beyond the original area of application:his artistic practice is clearly carrying over into his social thought
carry something over
retain something and apply or deal with it in a new context:much of the wartime economic planning was carried over into the peace
postpone an event:the match had to be carried over till Sunday