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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Car"ry
Senses
  1. To convey or transport in any manner from one place to another; to bear; -- often with away or off."When he dieth he shall carry nothing away." [Ps. xiix. 17.]"Devout men carried Stephen to his burial." [Acts viii, 2.]"Another carried the intelligence to Russell." [Macaulay.]"The sound will be carried, at the least, twenty miles." [Bacon.]
  2. To have or hold as a burden, while moving from place to place; to have upon or about one's person; to bear; as, to carry a wound; to carry an unborn child."If the ideas . . . were carried along with us in our minds." [Locke.]
  3. To move; to convey by force; to impel; to conduct; to lead or guide."Go, carry Sir John Falstaff to the Fleet." [Shak.]"He carried away all his cattle." [Gen. xxxi. 18.]"Passion and revenge will carry them too far." [Locke.]
  4. To transfer from one place (as a country, book, or column) to another; as, to carry the war from Greece into Asia; to carry an account to the ledger; to carry a number in adding figures.
  5. To convey by extension or continuance; to extend; as, to carry the chimney through the roof; to carry a road ten miles farther.
  6. To bear or uphold successfully through conflict, as a leader or principle; hence, to succeed in, as in a contest; to bring to a successful issue; to win; as, to carry an election."The greater part carriesit." [Shak.]"The carrying of our main point." [Addison.]
  7. To get possession of by force; to capture."The town would have been carried in the end." [Bacon.]
  8. To contain; to comprise; to bear the aspect of ; to show or exhibit; to imply."He thought it carried something of argument in it." [Watts.]"It carries too great an imputation of ignorance." [Lacke.]
  9. To bear (one's self); to behave, to conduct or demean; -- with the reflexive pronouns."He carried himself so insolently in the house, and out of the house, to all persons, that he became odious." [Clarendon.]
  10. To bear the charges or burden of holding or having, as stocks, merchandise, etc., from one time to another; as, a merchant is carrying a large stock; a farm carries a mortgage; a broker carries stock for a customer; to carry a life insurance.

Etymology: OF. carier charier, F. carrier, to cart, from OF. car char, F. car, car. See Car

verb Car"ry
Senses
  1. To act as a bearer; to convey anything; as, to fetch and carry .
  2. To have propulsive power; to propel; as, a gun or mortar carries well.
  3. To hold the head; -- said of a horse; as, to carry well i. e., to hold the head high, with arching neck.
  4. [Hunting] To have earth or frost stick to the feet when running, as a hare.
noun Car"ry
A tract of land, over which boats or goods are carried between two bodies of navigable water; a carrying place; a portage.

Etymology: U.S

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The act of carrying something
  2. Be pregnant with ("I am carrying his child")
  3. Continue or extend
  4. Include, as on a list
  5. Sing or play against other voices or parts ("He cannot carry a tune")
  6. Serve as a means for expressing something
  7. Pass on a communication
  8. Be successful in
  9. Win in an election
  10. Secure the passage or adoption (of bills and motions)
  11. Cover a certain distance or advance beyond
  12. Have a certain range
  13. Be able to feed ("This land will carry ten cows to the acre")
  14. Drink alcohol without showing ill effects ("he had drunk more than he could carry")
  15. Bear or be able to bear the weight, pressure,or responsibility of ("How many credits is this student carrying?" and "We carry a very large mortgage")
  16. Propel or give impetus to
  17. Propel ("Carry the ball")
  18. Move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body ("You must carry your camping gear", "carry the suitcases to the car", "This train is carrying nuclear waste", and "These pipes carry waste water into the river")
  19. Support or hold in a certain manner
  20. Bear (a crop) ("this land does not carry olives")
  21. Include as the content; broadcast or publicize
  22. Pursue a line of scent or be a bearer ("the dog was taught to fetch and carry")
  23. 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")
  24. Transmit or serve as the medium for transmission ("The airwaves carry the sound")
  25. Transfer (entries) from one account book to another
  26. Have on hand ("Do you carry kerosene heaters?")
  27. Capture after a fight
  28. Have on the surface or on the skin ("carry scars")
  29. Behave in a certain manner
  30. Take further or advance ("carry a cause")
  31. Compensate for a weaker partner or member by one's own performance ("I resent having to carry her all the time")
  32. Extend to a certain degree ("carry too far")
  33. Win approval or support for ("Carry all before one")
  34. Be equipped with (a mast or sail) ("This boat can only carry a small sail")
  35. Be necessarily associated with or result in or involve
  36. Have or possess something abstract ("I carry her image in my mind's eye", "I will carry the secret to my grave", "I carry these thoughts in the back of my head", and "I carry a lot of life insurance")
  37. Keep up with financial support
  38. Contain or hold; have within
  39. Have with oneself; have on one's person ("I always carry money")
  40. Be conveyed over a certain distance
  41. Have as an inherent or characteristic feature or have as a consequence ("These bonds carry warrants")
Wiktionary

From Middle English carrien, from Anglo-Norman carier (modern French: charrier); see Latin carrus (“four-wheeled baggage wagon”). Replaced native Middle English ferien (“to carry, transport, convey”) (from Old English ferian) and Middle English aberen (“to carry, bear, endure”) (from Old English āberan).

  1. A manner of transporting or lifting something; the grip or position in which something is carried.
    Adjust your from time to time so that you don't tire too quickly.
  2. A tract of land over which boats or goods are carried between two bodies of navigable water; a portage.
  3. (computing) The bit or digit that is carried in an addition operation.

Notable Persons Named Carry

Carry Somers is a fashion designer, campaigner, and fashion design. Carry was born in 1966.

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Carry was given the name Caroline Lea de Haan on January 1st, 1881 in Smilde. She died on November 16th, 1932.

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Carry was born on February 16th, 1895 in Vienna. Carry is also known as Hauser and Carl Maria. He passed away on October 28th, 1985.

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Carry Geijssen is a skater. Carry was born on January 11th, 1947 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Carry

Julius Carry was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1979 to 2008. Julius was given the name Julius J. Carry III on March 12th, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. He breathed his last breath on August 19th, 2008.

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David Carry is a swimmer. David was born on October 8th, 1981 in Aberdeen.

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Scoops was born on January 23rd, 1915. He breathed his last breath on August 4th, 1970.

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Angie Carry is an athlete for the Cork City W.F.C.

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How popular is the baby name Carry in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1881 6 6 0
1884 9 9 0
1885 5 5 0
1888 7 7 0
1889 10 10 0
1890 6 6 0
1891 5 5 0
1892 8 8 0
1893 6 6 0
1894 17 12 5
1895 11 11 0
1896 10 10 0
1897 5 5 0
1898 8 8 0
1899 9 9 0
1900 12 12 0
1901 6 6 0
1902 10 10 0
1903 13 13 0
1904 10 10 0
1905 12 12 0
1906 15 15 0
1907 16 16 0
1908 12 12 0
1909 8 8 0
1910 15 15 0
1911 15 15 0
1912 7 7 0
1913 18 18 0
1914 18 18 0
1915 18 18 0
1916 18 18 0
1917 26 20 6
1918 23 23 0
1919 24 24 0
1920 24 24 0
1921 24 18 6
1922 20 20 0
1923 16 16 0
1924 19 13 6
1925 16 16 0
1926 22 22 0
1927 18 13 5
1928 12 12 0
1929 21 16 5
1930 10 10 0
1931 15 10 5
1932 11 11 0
1933 8 8 0
1934 10 10 0
1935 10 10 0
1936 8 8 0
1937 6 6 0
1938 7 7 0
1939 12 12 0
1940 16 11 5
1941 6 6 0
1942 6 6 0
1943 7 7 0
1944 5 0 5
1945 7 0 7
1946 13 8 5
1947 17 11 6
1948 14 5 9
1949 5 5 0
1950 10 5 5
1951 11 6 5
1952 8 8 0
1953 10 5 5
1954 13 7 6
1955 8 0 8
1956 10 10 0
1957 21 9 12
1958 23 12 11
1959 20 11 9
1960 18 8 10
1961 13 13 0
1962 18 8 10
1963 15 7 8
1964 29 15 14
1965 18 9 9
1966 19 11 8
1967 25 14 11
1968 18 18 0
1969 20 11 9
1970 30 22 8
1971 34 23 11
1972 34 24 10
1973 27 21 6
1974 19 14 5
1975 43 37 6
1976 26 26 0
1977 26 26 0
1978 20 20 0
1979 19 19 0
1980 26 15 11
1981 22 16 6
1982 27 22 5
1983 11 11 0
1984 13 13 0
1985 15 15 0
1986 21 15 6
1987 15 15 0
1988 12 12 0
1989 15 10 5
1990 16 10 6
1991 15 15 0
1992 8 8 0
1994 6 6 0
1996 7 7 0
1998 8 8 0
2000 5 5 0
2001 8 8 0

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Popularity of Carry as a first name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Carry U.S.
  White 62.66% 64.26%
  African American 30.29% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.18% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.90% 16.26%

Of Last Name Carry

People with the last name Carry are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Carry

  • How Popular is the name Carry? Carry is the 7,652nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Carry was the 31,906th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Carry have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,658 babies born with the first name Carry in the United States. That's more than enough people named Carry to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Carry? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Carry first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Carry is Thursday, August 28th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Carry born? The highest recorded use of the first name Carry was in 1975 with a total of 37 babies.
  • Random Carry Factoid: According to the 1925 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Carry is not a popular baby girl's name in Louisiana. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Louisiana have the same name as you in 1925.
  • Weird things about the name Carry: Your name in reverse order is Yrrac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Arryc. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Carry? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 723 people with the last name Carry.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Carry? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Carry as their last name since less than 1 person in 400k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.