carve

verb
\ ˈkärv \
carved; carving

Definition of carve 

transitive verb

1 : to cut with care or precision carved fretwork
2 : to make or get by or as if by cutting often used with out carve out a career
3 : to cut into pieces or slices carved the turkey

intransitive verb

1 : to cut up and serve meat
2 : to work as a sculptor or engraver

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Other Words from carve

carver noun

Synonyms for carve

Synonyms

sculpt, sculpture

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Examples of carve in a Sentence

We carved an ice sculpture. Who is going to carve the turkey? He carved while I made the gravy.
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But reaping the benefits of unplugging, from feeling more relaxed and present to carving out additional time to recharge, on the other side of the world is a great start. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "From Makeup Tricks to Simple Self-Care Tips, Ashley Graham's Stress-Free Guide to Holiday Vacation Packing," 8 Dec. 2018 The key product is Tilbury's Filmstar Bronze & Glow, a contouring and highlighting palette that can carve out cheekbones from the most cheekboneless among us. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Backstage Beauty Secrets from This Year's Victoria's Secret Show," 8 Nov. 2018 Do: Salem Witch Museum The Salem witch trials carved out an enduring and powerful niche in American history for this little town, and this intimate, kitschy museum does an excellent job telling the story. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Boston," 9 Aug. 2018 The narrow, snaking layout suggests an underwater landscape carved by water. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Coney Island’s Newest Wonder: Sharkitecture!," 28 June 2018 This part of the desert is wide open, with unmarked trails and rocky hills that give way to washes carved by rare rains. Elaine Murphy, Teen Vogue, "Volunteers Leaving Water for Migrants Traveling to the United States Border Are Helping Save Lives," 22 June 2018 Another pair of rooms, the Columbian Suite, exhibits stunningly ornate wood furniture carved by a Carthage, Ill., man for the Illinois building at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "A wreck no more: $15 million renovation makes Illinois’ once-decrepit Executive Mansion shine again," 16 June 2018 This is the area Opportunity has been observing in order to learn what created the valley, which is a channel carved in the rim by Endeavor Crater. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Opportunity rover threatened by giant storm on Mars," 13 June 2018 In the next scene, William and Dolores are out in the wilderness, looking down at a canyon getting carved out by bulldozers. Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 8: The Great Ghost Nation Mystery," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of carve

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for carve

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

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The first known use of carve was before the 12th century

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carve

verb

English Language Learners 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

carve

verb
\ ˈkärv \
carved; carving

Kids Definition of carve

1 : to cut with care He carved a block of wood to use as a bowl.
2 : to make or get by cutting Artists were carving ice sculptures.
3 : to slice and serve (meat) Would you carve the turkey?

Other Words from carve

carver noun

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