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Physical EffortPlay
Suggests the action of carrying requires effort, possibly because of the weight or size of the item. SlideHe was toting his heavy toolbox upstairs.
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Visual ImageryPlay
Invokes a picture of someone carrying something, typically by hand rather than using wheeled assistance. SlideShe was seen toting around her toddler at the fair.
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Informal ContextPlay
More common in casual conversation than formal writing or speech. SlideI'll be toting a few beers over to the party tonight.