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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
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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 a ​company that ​operatesaircraft used as a ​combiningform, ​especially in ​phrases that refer to ​militaryvehicles 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] (BAG)

UK (also carrier bag) (US shopping bag) a ​largeplastic or ​paperbag with ​handles, used to ​carry things that you have ​bought, ​especially one given to you in a ​shop

carrier noun [C] (SPREAD)

someone who does not ​suffer from a ​disease but has the ​infection or geneticfault 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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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carriernoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkæriər/
TRANSPORT a ​company that ​transportsgoods or ​people from one ​place to another: The ​companyloses 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 ​operatesaircraft: 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 ​providesinsurance: 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 ​communicationsservice such as a ​phone, ​television, or ​internetservice: Number portability ​allows you to ​transfer your existing ​cellphonenumber to a new carrier. a mobile/​mobilephone/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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