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a male given name, form of Carew.
a female given name, form of Caroline.
Historical Examples

It seems strange to me that them that preach up the doctrine don’t admire one who carrys it out.
An English Grammar W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell

verb (mainly transitive) -ries, -rying, -ried
(also intransitive) to take or bear (something) from one place to another: to carry a baby in one’s arms
to transfer for consideration; take: he carried his complaints to her superior
to have on one’s person: he always carries a watch
(also intransitive) to be transmitted or serve as a medium for transmitting: sound carries best over water
to contain or be capable of containing: the jug carries water
to bear or be able to bear the weight, pressure, or responsibility of: her efforts carry the whole production
to have as an attribute or result: this crime carries a heavy penalty
to bring or communicate: to carry news
(also intransitive) to be pregnant with (young): she is carrying her third child
to bear (the head, body, etc) in a specified manner: she carried her head high
to conduct or bear (oneself) in a specified manner: she carried herself well in a difficult situation
to continue or extend: the war was carried into enemy territory
to cause to move or go: desire for riches carried him to the city
to influence, esp by emotional appeal: his words carried the crowd
to secure the passage of (a bill, motion, etc)
to win (an election)
to obtain victory for (a candidate or measure) in an election
(mainly US) to win a plurality or majority of votes in (a district, legislative body, etc): the candidate carried 40 states
to capture: our troops carried the town
(of communications media) to include as the content: this newspaper carries no book reviews
(accounting) to transfer (an item) to another account, esp to transfer to the following year’s account instead of writing off against profit and loss: to carry a loss Also (esp US) carry over
(maths) to transfer (a number) from one column of figures to the next, as from units to tens in multiplication and addition
(of a shop, trader, etc) to keep in stock: to carry confectionery
to support (a musical part or melody) against the other parts
to sustain (livestock): this land will carry twelve ewes to the acre
to maintain (livestock) in good health but without increasing their weight or obtaining any products from them
(intransitive) (of a ball, projectile, etc) to travel through the air or reach a specified point: his first drive carried to the green
(sport) especially (golf) (of a ball) to travel beyond: the drive carried the trees
(intransitive) (of a gun) to have a range as specified: this rifle carries for 1200 yards
to retain contact with and pursue (a line of scent)
(intransitive) (of ground) to be in such a condition that scent lies well upon it
(hockey:Ice) to move (the puck) forwards, keeping it against the blade of the stick
(informal) to imbibe (alcoholic drink) without showing ill effects
(intransitive) (slang) to have drugs on one’s person
carry all before one, to win unanimous support or approval for oneself
carry a tune, to be able to sing in tune
(informal) carry the can, to take the responsibility for some misdemeanour, etc (on behalf of)
carry the day, to win a contest or competition; succeed
noun (pl) -ries
the act of carrying
(US & Canadian) a portion of land over which a boat must be portaged
the range of a firearm or its projectile
the distance travelled by a ball, etc, esp (in golf) the distance from where the ball is struck to where it first touches the ground

early 14c., from Anglo-French carier “to transport in a vehicle” or Old North French carrier “to cart, carry” (Modern French charrier), from Gallo-Romance *carrizare, from Late Latin carricare, from Latin carrum (see car).

Meaning “take by force” is from 1580s. Sense of “gain victory in an election” is from 1610s. Of sound, “to be heard at a distance” by 1896. Carrying capacity is attested from 1836. Carry on “continue to advance” is from 1640s; carryings-on “questionable doings” is from 1660s. Carry-castle (1590s) was an old descriptive term for an elephant.

c.1600, “vehicle for carrying,” from carry (v.). U.S. football sense attested by 1949.


To have narcotics on one’s person (1920s+ Narcotics)
To be armed (1950s+ Underworld)

[fr the 1920s phrase carry iron, ”to be armed”]

carry a torch for
carry a tune
carry away
carry coals to Newcastle
carry forward
carry off
carry on
carry out
carry over
carry the ball
carry the can
carry the day
carry the torch
carry through
carry too far
carry weight


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