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carrier

noun [C] uk   /ˈkær.i.ər/ us    /ˈker.i.ɚ/

carrier noun [C] (TRANSPORT)

a person or thing that carries somethingTransferring and transporting objects a company that operates aircraftBusinesses and enterprisesAviationTravelling by aircraftMovement through the air used as a combining form, especially in phrases that refer to military vehicles of a type that carry other vehicles or groups of soldiers: an armoured troop-carrier a freight carrierArmy and military vehicles informal for aircraft carrierAviationTravelling by aircraftMovement through the air

carrier noun [C] (BAG)

UK (also carrier bag) (US shopping bag) a large plastic or paper bag with handles, used to put your shopping inBags in general

carrier noun [C] (SPREAD)

someone who does not suffer from a disease but has the infection or genetic fault that causes it and can give the disease to someone else: There are an estimated 1.5 million HIV carriers in the country.Passing on illness and causing disease
(Definition of carrier from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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