Definition of carpool in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːpuːl/
chiefly North American


1An arrangement between people to make a regular journey in a single vehicle, typically with each person taking turns to drive the others: they organized carpools to deliver the kids to school
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  • Those wishing to arrange carpools should visit, a web site that matches people living in adjacent areas who need rides.
  • The first order of business as the date approached was arranging carpools, started as usual by Bob Zimmerman.
  • Since not everyone had cars on campus, the group first met in the Bible study room to arrange carpools.
1.1A group of people in a carpool: if passengers travelled in carpools of four, gasoline consumption would fall by 45 per cent
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  • Being a carpool is easy: you need carry only one other passenger.
  • Kids were milling around all over the place, their numbers constantly increasing with every arriving busload and carpool.
  • Apparently she was in my carpool to and from high school for a year.


[no object]
Form or participate in a carpool: they are encouraged to take public transport, bike, walk, and carpool to work
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  • Ridesharing, also known as carpooling or vanpooling, represents an effective means to reduce congestion on the region's major traffic arteries and automobile emissions, which contribute to air quality problems in the region.
  • My mom didn't strap us kids into car seats, which meant that it was easier to go places and to share carpooling with neighbors.
  • So far, though, the only hurt has been felt by the nearly half-million bus riders who have spent a month hitching, carpooling, walking or skipping work altogether.



Example sentences
  • Those interested in getting to and from work in a more environmentally conscious way can register to connect with other carpoolers travelling similar routes.
  • But what about the carpoolers that can barely afford to pay for their transportation?
  • Perhaps they pick up their fellow carpooler everyday in the early morning and don't care if they wake up the neighbors by tooting the horn rather than getting out and knocking on the door.

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