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  • 1A tapering orange-colored root eaten as a vegetable.

    ‘roast lamb with peas and carrots’
    • ‘grated carrot’
    • ‘carrot cake’
    • ‘carrot juice’
    • ‘Besides carrots, other root vegetables include turnips, parsnips, radishes, beets and rutabagas.’
    • ‘The accompanying vegetables, peas, carrots and broccoli disappointed a little because they seemed to be overcooked.’
    • ‘It came with seasonal vegetables including cauliflower, carrots, new potatoes and sliced courgettes.’
    • ‘The vegetables, a collection of boiled potatoes, carrots, broccoli, courgette and tomato, were well cooked.’
    • ‘Use a vegetable peeler to remove colorful strips from squash, carrots or zucchini and sprinkle them on a plain-looking entrée.’
    • ‘While liver is the best source of vitamin A, excellent vegetable sources are carrots, cabbage and broccoli.’
    • ‘You just brown the meatballs, then add some vegetables, like grated carrot, some more onion, a bit of finely chopped celery, capsicum, whatever.’
    • ‘And if you don't have the time to slice your own cucumber or red pepper, it's easier than ever to grab a bag of baby carrots or sugar snap peas or some salad bar veggies.’
    • ‘On the side was a dish of crispy roast potatoes and mixed vegetables - carrots, mange tout, leeks and aubergine, drizzled in oil and still maintaining their bite.’
    • ‘As carotene, it is found in green vegetables, carrots and yellow/orange fruits such as peaches.’
    • ‘Dr. Lanou suggests eating sweet potatoes, green beans, corn, carrots and other vegetables that are agreeable to almost everyone.’
    • ‘Cut-up onions, Brussels sprouts, baby carrots, green beans, snap peas and cherry tomatoes are all good candidates.’
    • ‘All our dishes came with tureens of roast potatoes, new potatoes, carrots, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and green beans tossed with bacon bits.’
    • ‘The vegetable idli has carrots and beans in it to improve its taste and appearance.’
    • ‘The meals came served with two dishes of vegetables to share, one of broccoli, carrots, and courgettes with a tomato sauce, and one of sliced potato in a light white sauce, which all tasted fresh.’
    • ‘Sweet potatoes, squash, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots and apricots are just a few of the foods rich in vitamin A.’
    • ‘Add broccoli, carrots and green onions and stir-fry 2 minutes.’
    • ‘Fruits and vegetables include onions, carrots, plums, pears, grapes, apricots, and all kinds of melons and squashes.’
    • ‘The vegetables include creamed cauliflower, mashed potato, roast potato, carrots, peas, Brussels sprouts and cabbage.’
    • ‘Derek had made grilled cheese on his signature sourdough and vegetable stir-fry with carrots, broccoli, parsnips and burdock!’
    payment, payout, reward, recompense, consideration
  • 2The cultivated feathery-leaved plant of the parsley family that yields this vegetable.

    Daucus carota, family Umbelliferae: two subspecies and many varieties; wild forms lack the swollen root

    ‘Once grown, the plants are difficult to transplant because of their long taproots - parsley is in the carrot family.’
    • ‘The hand weeding can be combined with thinning in the case of the vegetables that require it, such as lettuce, carrots and Florence fennel.’
    • ‘In addition, biennial weeds such as musk thistle, wild carrot, and burdock should be eliminated before establishing forage.’
    • ‘Plant seeds of beets, carrots, leeks, onions, peas, radishes, and turnips.’
    • ‘Middle to late August is a good time to plant carrots, beets, snap beans and lettuce.’
    • ‘Make successional sowings of beetroot, carrots, lettuce, radish and turnips.’
    • ‘Phytoestrogens are found in plants, like carrots and broccoli and spinach, and limit the effect of estrogen on the body.’
    • ‘Sow peas, carrots, cabbages and broccoli in the vegetable plot.’
    • ‘When we moved out of the town to a house which wasn't even in a village, my Dad grew lots of his own vegetables - potatoes, carrots, beans etc.’
    • ‘The club has grown a wide variety of vegetables and herbs including carrots, Brussels sprouts and beetroot, as well as tomatoes and cucumbers in the greenhouse.’
    • ‘He'll sow broccoli, cauliflower and carrots directly into prepared garden soil in September.’
  • 3An offer of something enticing as a means of persuasion (often contrasted with the threat of something punitive or unwelcome)

    ‘carrots will promote cooperation over the environment far more effectively than sticks’
    • ‘We then asked ourselves which approach was actually preferable to persuade them: the carrot or the stick?’
    • ‘For juveniles in this category, the Youth Drug Court Program offers both a carrot and a stick.’
    • ‘I do support a carrot and a stick approach, in terms of encouraging firstly, more healthy lifestyles and more healthy living.’
    • ‘On the economic front, it can offer stick and carrot.’
    • ‘This deal would offer big carrots and threaten a big stick.’
    • ‘It's a balancing act though because if the incentives are too generous, they could undermine the carrots being offered for GPs to work in the country.’
    • ‘The point is, you must approach it with the carrot and the stick.’
    • ‘The minister warned yesterday a carrot and stick approach may be needed to change the mindset of many leisure craft operators and users.’
    • ‘Can't get your head around the old carrot and stick approach, John?’
    • ‘However, a carrot and stick approach to traffic management doesn't work if only the stick is employed.’
    • ‘Most schools use a carrot and stick approach and we think this is the best way to do it.’
    • ‘But society uses both carrots and sticks to encourage parents to provide continuity of care.’
    • ‘Obviously, tensions are on the upswing here, but how do we balance between a carrot and a stick approach?’
    • ‘The fourth variant of coercive diplomacy is the carrot and stick approach.’
    • ‘There need to be carrots not just sticks if people are to be persuaded to leave their car at home.’
    • ‘This will cost more than the government would like, which is why we are being offered the carrot of a salary increase to accept the status quo.’
    • ‘The carrot being offered was special excise tax, but it was not enough.’
    • ‘Chile has been offered the carrot of a more favourable free trade agreement.’
    • ‘When you have to offer a huge carrot to those who are supposed to obey you, something has to be wrong.’
    • ‘American officials say they prefer a carrot rather than a stick approach.’
    persuasion, coaxing, urging, pushing, pressure, pressurization, exhortation, prodding, egging on, prompting


    With allusion to the proverbial encouragement of a donkey to move by enticing it with a carrot.



/ˈkerət/ /ˈkɛrət/


Late 15th century from French carotte, from Latin carota, from Greek karōton.