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1. verb To physically move someone or something from a particular place or area. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carry" and "out." You carry the baby out to the car, and I'll get her stroller and diaper bag. We need some more room in here—can you guys carry out those extra chairs?
2. verb To do or accomplish something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carry" and "out." This project has been floundering for a while, but with your shared passion for it, I'm confident that you two can carry it out.
3. verb To complete a task or request ordered by someone else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carry" and "out." I don't understand why I'm being punished for simply carrying out an order from my superior.
4. verb To establish or implement something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "carry" and "out." We've been working on this new initiative for months. When do you think we'll be able to carry it out?
5. noun An order for food that a customer retrieves from a restaurant and takes elsewhere. In this usage, the phrase is often hyphenated. Hi, I'd like to place an order for carry-out.
carry someone or something out
to lift up and move someone or something out. Help me carry the baby and her things out. Let's carry out the dishes and set the table.
carry something out
to perform a task; to perform an assignment. "This is a very important job," said Jane. "Do you think you can carry it out?" The students didn't carry out their assignments.
carry out somethingalso carry something out
to do a job or complete an activity Astronauts planned a spacewalk to carry out major repairs on the space station. The agency doesn't have the funds or the know-how to carry out its duties.
1. Accomplish, bring to a conclusion, as in They carried out the mission successfully. Shakespeare had this term in King Lear (5:1): "And hardly shall I carry out my side, Her husband being alive." [Late 1500s]
2. Put in practice or effect, as in We will carry out the new policy, or Please carry out my instructions. [Mid-1800s]
1. To lift and move something or someone out of a place: The firefighter carried the dog out of the burning building. I'll carry out the trash as soon as I finish the newspaper.
2. To put something into practice or effect; implement something: The citizens hoped that the government would carry out the reforms it had promised. She planned the crime but hired thugs to carry it out.
3. To follow or obey something: I carried out her request without asking any questions. The judge had pronounced the prisoner's sentence as death, and the executioner carried it out.
4. To bring something to fruition; accomplish something: The institute carried out a series of studies to determine the effect of music on shoppers. The design was so challenging that only the very best architects and contractors could have carried it out.