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shave

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verb \ˈshāv\

Simple Definition of shave

  • : to cut the hair, wool, etc., off (someone or something) very close to the skin

  • : to cut off (hair, wool, a beard, etc.) very close to the skin

  • : to remove a thin layer of (something) from something

Full Definition of shave

shavedshaved or shav·en play \ˈshā-vən\ shav·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to remove a thin layer fromb :  to cut off in thin layers or shreds :  slicec :  to cut off closely

  3. 2a :  to sever the hair from (the head or another part of the body) close to the rootsb :  to cut off (hair or beard) close to the skin

  4. 3a :  to discount (a note) at an exorbitant rateb :  deduct, reducec :  to conspire to score fewer (points) than one is capable of (as to affect gambling outcomes)

  5. 4 :  to come close to or touch lightly in passing

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to cut off hair or beard close to the skin

  8. 2 :  to proceed with difficulty :  scrape

Examples of shave

  1. She cut herself while shaving her legs.

  2. The sheep were all shaved.

  3. He shaves every morning before breakfast.

  4. I cut myself shaving this morning.

  5. She shaves her dog's fur in the summer.

  6. He shaved some butter from the container.



Origin of shave

Middle English, from Old English scafan; akin to Lithuanian skobti to pluck, Latin scabere to scratch, and perhaps to Greek koptein to cut — more at capon


First Known Use: before 12th century


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shave

noun

Simple Definition of shave

  • : an act of shaving

Full Definition of shave

  1. 1 :  shaver 3

  2. 2 :  a thin slice :  shaving

  3. 3 :  an act or the process of shaving

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of shave

before 12th century



SHAVE Defined for Kids

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shave

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verb \ˈshāv\

Definition of shave

shavedshaved or shav·en \ˈshā-vən\shav·ing

  1. 1 :  to cut or trim off a thin layer of (as with a sharp blade) <I shaved the wood from the tip of the pencil.>

  2. 2 :  to cut off very close to the skin <He shaved the hair from his head.>

  3. 3 :  to make bare or smooth by cutting the hair from <He shaved his face.>




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shave

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noun

Definition of shave

  1. 1 :  an act of making bare or smooth by cutting the hair from

  2. 2 :  a narrow escape <a close shave>





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