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"carrier" in British English

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carriernoun [C]

uk   /ˈkær.i.ər/ us   /ˈker.i.ɚ/
  • carrier noun [C] (TRANSPORT)

a person or thing that carries something
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 carrier
informal for aircraft carrier
  • 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.
(Definition of carrier from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"carrier" in American English

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carriernoun [C]

us   /ˈkær·i·ər/
  • carrier noun [C] (TRANSPORT)

a person or thing that carries or delivers something: She’s got a job as a letter carrier.
  • carrier noun [C] (SPREAD)

medical a person who can give a disease to other people but may not show any signs of having the disease
(Definition of carrier from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"carrier" in Business English

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carriernoun [C]

uk   /ˈkæriər/ us  
TRANSPORT a company that transports goods or people from one place to another: The company loses fewer drivers because it is a shorter-haul carrier whose drivers are typically away overnight rather than weeks on end. Sioux Railway is the ninth largest rail carrier in the nation.
TRANSPORT a company that operates aircraft: The Dallas-based carrier will offer same-plane service with one or more stops to 27 cities. Etihad Airways is Abu Dhabi's national carrier. low-cost/low-fare/no-frills carrier
INSURANCE a company or organization that provides insurance: The company will pay $2 million of the settlement, with the rest from its insurance carrier and other parties.
COMMUNICATIONS a company that provides a communications service such as a phone, television, or internet service: Number portability allows you to transfer your existing cell phone number to a new carrier. a mobile/mobile phone/cellphone carrier In 1984 AT&T became the largest long-distance carrier.
(Definition of carrier from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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