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carve

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verb \ˈkärv\

Simple Definition of carve

  • : to make (something, such as a sculpture or design) by cutting off pieces of the material it is made of

  • : to cut (something, such as a pattern or design) into a surface

  • : to create (something) by cutting into a surface

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of carve

carved

carving

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cut with care or precision <carved fretwork>

  3. 2 :  to make or get by or as if by cutting —often used with out <carve out a career>

  4. 3 :  to cut into pieces or slices <carved the turkey>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to cut up and serve meat

  7. 2 :  to work as a sculptor or engraver

carver

noun

Examples of carve in a sentence

  1. We carved an ice sculpture.

  2. Who is going to carve the turkey?

  3. He carved while I made the gravy.



Origin and Etymology of carve

Middle English kerven, from Old English ceorfan; akin to Old High German kerban to notch, Greek graphein to scratch, write


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with carve



CARVE Defined for Kids

carve

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verb \ˈkärv\

Definition of carve for Students

carved

carving

  1. 1 :  to cut with care <He carved a block of wood to use as a bowl.>

  2. 2 :  to make or get by cutting <Artists were carving ice sculptures.>

  3. 3 :  to slice and serve (meat) <Would you carve the turkey?>

carver

noun




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