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English definition of “common carrier”

common carrier

noun [C]
 
 
(also public carrier) TRANSPORT, COMMERCE a company that provides regular services to the general public transporting people or goods: The amendment says the penalties do not apply to common carriers such as commercial bus services or airplanes.
COMMUNICATIONS a company that provides regular communications services to the general public, including telephone, radio, etc.: The telephone operator says it plans to move into international and local call services within the next few years by seeking tie-ups with other common carriers.
(Definition of common carrier from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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