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English definition of “carry”

carry

verb [T] (KEEP IN OPERATION)    /ˈkær.i/ US  /ˈker-/
to support , keep in operation , or make a success : We can no longer afford to carry people who don't work as hard as they should. Luckily they had a very strong actor in the main part and he managed to carry the whole play (= make a success of it through his own performance ).Backing, supporting and defendingDefending and protecting
(Definition of carry verb (KEEP IN OPERATION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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