Bring vs Carry - What's the difference?

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As verbs the difference between bring and carry

is that bring is (transitive)  to transport toward somebody/somewhere while carry is to lift (something) and take it to another place; to transport (something) by lifting.

As a interjection bring

is the sound of a telephone ringing.

As a noun carry is

a manner of transporting or lifting something; the grip or position in which something is carried.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) bringen, from (etyl) ).


  • (lb) To transport toward somebody/somewhere.
  • * {{quote-book, year=a1420, year_published=1894, author=The British Museum Additional MS, 12,056, by=(Lanfranc of Milan)
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  • At twilight in the summeron the floor.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=5 citation , passage=A waiter brought his aperitif, which was a small scotch and soda, and as he sipped it gratefully he sighed. ¶ ‘Civilized,’ he said to Mr. Campion. ‘Humanizing.’
  • * {{quote-news, date=21 August 2012, first=Ed, last=Pilkington, newspaper=The Guardian
  • , title= Death penalty on trial: should Reggie Clemons live or die?, newsfeed=true , passage=Next month, Clemons will be brought before a court presided over by a "special master", who will review the case one last time.}}
  • To supply or contribute.
  • *
  • *:“it is not fair of you to bring' against mankind double weapons ! Dangerous enough you are as woman alone, without ' bringing to your aid those gifts of mind suited to problems which men have been accustomed to arrogate to themselves.”
  • (lb) To raise (a lawsuit, charges, etc.) against somebody.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-10, volume=408, issue=8848, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Can China clean up fast enough? , passage=It has jailed environmental activists and is planning to limit the power of judicial oversight by handing a state-approved body a monopoly over bringing environmental lawsuits.}}
  • To persuade; to induce; to draw; to lead; to guide.
  • * (John Locke) (1632-1705)
  • It seems so preposterous a thingthat they do not easily bring themselves to it.
  • To produce in exchange; to sell for; to fetch.
  • (lb) To pitch, often referring to a particularly hard thrown fastball.
  • Usage notes
    Past (brang) and past participle (brung) and (broughten) forms are sometimes used in some dialects, especially in informal speech.
    Derived terms
    (terms derived from "bring") * bring about * bring around * bring back * bring down * bring forth * bring forwards * bring home * bring in * bring it * bring it on * bring off * bring on * bring out * bring round * bring to * bring to light * bring up * inbring * outbring

    Etymology 2



    (en interjection)
  • The sound of a telephone ringing.
  • carry



  • (lb) To lift (something) and take it to another place; to transport (something) by lifting.
  • *1900 , , (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) Ch.23:
  • *:"By means of the Golden Cap I shall command the Winged Monkeys to carry you to the gates of the Emerald City," said Glinda, "for it would be a shame to deprive the people of so wonderful a ruler."
  • *
  • *:Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers, of errand not wholly obvious to their fellows, yet of such sort as to call into query alike the nature of their errand and their own relations. It is easily earned repetition to state that Josephine St. Auban's was a presence not to be concealed.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-29, volume=407, issue=8842, page=29, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Unspontaneous combustion , passage=Since the mid-1980s, when Indonesia first began to clear its bountiful forests on an industrial scale in favour of lucrative palm-oil plantations, “haze” has become an almost annual occurrence in South-East Asia. The cheapest way to clear logged woodland is to burn it, producing an acrid cloud of foul white smoke that, carried by the wind, can cover hundreds, or even thousands, of square miles.}}
  • To transfer from one place (such as a country, book, or column) to another.
  • :
  • To convey by extension or continuance; to extend.
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  • To move; to convey by force; to impel; to conduct; to lead or guide.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • *:Go, carry Sir John Falstaff to the Fleet.
  • *(Bible), (w) xxxi.18
  • *:He carried away all his cattle.
  • *(John Locke) (1632-1705)
  • *:Passion and revenge will carry them too far.
  • (lb) To stock or supply (something).
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  • (lb) To adopt (something); take (something) over.
  • :
  • (lb) To adopt or resolve upon, especially in a deliberative assembly; as, to carry a motion.
  • In an addition, to transfer the quantity in excess of what is countable in the units in a column to the column immediately to the left in order to be added there.
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  • (lb) To have or maintain (something).
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  • (lb) To be transmitted; to travel.
  • :
  • *1912 , Stratemeyer Syndicate, Baseball Joe on the School Nine Ch.1:
  • *:It might seem easy to hit the head of a barrel at that distance, but either the lads were not expert enough or else the snowballs, being of irregular shapes and rather light, did not carry well. Whatever the cause, the fact remained that the barrel received only a few scattering shots and these on the outer edges of the head.
  • To insult, to diss.
  • To capture a ship by coming alongside and boarding.
  • To transport (the ball) whilst maintaining possession.
  • *{{quote-news, year=2011, date=December 21, author=Tom Rostance, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Fulham 0-5 Man Utd , passage=Nani collected the ball on the halfway line, drifted past Bryan Ruiz, and carried the ball unchallenged 50 yards down the left before picking out Welbeck for a crisp finish from seven yards.}}
  • (lb) To have on one's "person" (see examples).
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  • *, chapter=10
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=Men that I knew around Wapatomac didn't wear high, shiny plug hats, nor yeller spring overcoats, nor carry canes with ivory heads as big as a catboat's anchor, as you might say.}}
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Old soldiers? , passage=Whether modern, industrial man is less or more warlike than his hunter-gatherer ancestors is impossible to determine.
  • To have propulsive power; to propel.
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  • To hold the head; said of a horse.
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  • (lb) To have earth or frost stick to the feet when running, as a hare.
  • :(Johnson)
  • 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.
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  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:The greater part carries it.
  • *(Joseph Addison) (1672-1719)
  • *:the carrying of our main point
  • (lb) To get possession of by force; to capture.
  • *(Francis Bacon) (1561-1626)
  • *:The town would have been carried in the end.
  • To contain; to comprise; to bear the aspect of; to show or exhibit; to imply.
  • *(Isaac Watts) (1674-1748)
  • *:He thought it carried something of argument in it.
  • *(John Locke) (1632-1705)
  • *:It carries too great an imputation of ignorance.
  • (lb) To bear (oneself); to behave or conduct.
  • * (1609-1674)
  • *:He carried himself so insolently in the house, and out of the house, to all persons, that he became odious.
  • To bear the charges or burden of holding or having, as stocks, merchandise, etc., from one time to another.
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  • Synonyms

    * (lift and bring to somewhere else) bear, move, transport * (stock, supply ): have, keep, stock, supply * (adopt) adopt, take on, take over * (have, maintain ): have, maintain * (be transmitted, travel ): be transmitted, travel


    * (in arithmetic) borrow (the equivalent reverse procedure in the inverse operation of subtraction)

    Derived terms

    * carrier * carry a torch for * carry a tune * carry away * carry back * carry coals to Newcastle * carrycot * carry forward * carriable * carrier * carry off * carry on * carry oneself * carry one's heart on one's sleeve * carry one's weight * carry out * carry over * carry someone's water * carry the ball * carry the bat * carry the can * carry the day * carry the mail * carry the message to Garcia * carry the torch * carry through * carry water for * cash-and-carry * headcarry * speak softly and carry a big stick


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

    * concealed carry * fireman's carry * full carry * negative carry * open carry * positive carry