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To carry something is to bring it from one place to another place, or a person has the thing in his or her possession. This word is very similar to, but not always the same as, the word "bring,"

  • Students carry their books to class.
  • You can carry books and other things in a backpack.
  • I always carry an umbrella when it’s about to rain.
  • Supply lines carry water into a house.
  • We carried our luggage from the airport to the train and then to the hotel.
  • A large truck can carry a lot of material.
  • An airplane carries passengers.
  • In most states in the United States, it’s legal to carry a gun, but you have to have a permit.
  • He’s carrying a loaded gun. (He has a gun.)
  • He has a permit to carry. (He may legally have a gun in his possession.)

carrying a heavy load

She’s carrying a heavy load on her back.

Here are some additional ways in which this word can be used:

  • She’s carrying a heavy load of classes this semester.
  • That job carries with it a lot of responsibility.
  • He carries himself well in public situations. (He’s confident and interacts well with other people.)
  • The person singing can’t carry a tune. (He or she doesn’t sing very well.)
  • I’m carrying a lot of extra weight these days. (I’m overweight.)
  • Be quiet! Your voice carries. (Your voice can be heard easily.)

The word "carrier is a noun:

  • The mail carrier brings us our mail.
  • A person with the HIV virus is a carrier of a disease that can cause AIDS.

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This page was published on May 9, 2017.



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