Meaning of “carry sth out” in the English Dictionary

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"carry sth out" in British English

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carry sth out

phrasal verb with carry uk /ˈkær.i/ us /ˈker.i/ verb

B1 to do or complete something, especially that you have said you would do or that you have been told to do:

Dr Carter is carrying out research on early Christian art.
The hospital is carrying out tests to find out what's wrong with her.
It is hoped that the kidnappers will not carry out their threat to kill the hostages.
Don't blame me, I'm only carrying out my orders/instructions.

More examples

  • The study will be carried out over a six-month period.
  • The plot was discovered before it was carried out.
  • The police carried out a thorough search of the premises, but failed to find any drugs.
  • More research on the subject needs to be carried out.
  • According to witnesses, the robbery was carried out by two teenage boys.

(Definition of “carry sth out” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)