To hold or support while moving; bear: carried the baby in my arms; carrying a heavy backpack. See Synonyms at convey. To take from one place to another; transport: a train carrying freight; a courier carrying messages. Chiefly Southern U.S. To escort or accompany. To serve as a means for the conveyance of; transmit: pipes that carry waste water; a bridge that carries traffic between the two cities. To communicate; pass on: The news was carried by word of mouth to every settlement. To express or contain: harsh words that carried a threat of violence. To have (something) on the surface or skin; bear: carries scars from acne. To hold or be capable of holding: The tank carries 16 gallons when full. To support (a weight or responsibility). To support the weight or responsibility of: a beam that carries the floor; a student who carries a heavy course load. To keep or have on one's person: stopped carrying credit cards. To be pregnant with. To hold and move (the body or a part of it) in a particular way: carried her head proudly. To behave or conduct (oneself) in a specified manner. To extend or continue in space, time, or degree: carried the line to the edge of the page; carry a joke too far. To give impetus to; propel: The wind carried the ball over the fence. To take further; advance: carry a cause. To take or seize, especially by force; capture. To be successful in; win: lost the game but carried the match. To gain victory, support, or acceptance for: The motion was carried in a close vote. To win a majority of the votes in: Roosevelt carried all but two states in the 1936 presidential election. To gain the sympathy of; win over: The amateurs' enthusiasm carried the audience. To include or keep on a list: carried a dozen workers on the payroll. To have as an attribute or accompaniment: an appliance carrying a full-year guarantee. To involve as a condition, consequence, or effect: The crime carried a five-year sentence.