Pronunciation: (kar'ē-in"), [key]
1. intended for or available to customers who bring in appliances to the seller or a repair store for repair or servicing: carry-in service; a carry-in store for personal computers.
2. North Central U.S.of, pertaining to, or for a social gathering at which guests are to bring their own food: A carry-in dinner will precede the lecture.
1. an appliance or machine, as a television set or a personal computer, portable enough to be taken to a store for repair.
2. Also called car'ry-in din'ner, car'ry-in sup'per. North Central U.S.a carry-in meal; potluck dinner.
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