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English definition of “carrier”


noun [C] (TRANSPORT)    /ˈkær.i.ər/ US  /ˈker.i.ɚ/
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
(Definition of carrier noun (TRANSPORT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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