Meaning of “common carrier” in the English Dictionary

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"common carrier" in Business English

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common carriernoun [ C ]

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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)