carve

verb
\ ˈkärv How to pronounce carve (audio) \
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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Heat players were stunned by the Celtics’ ability to carve up their defense, so much so that Spoelstra barely spoke inside Miami’s locker room during halftime. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 18 May 2022 For Dallas to have a realistic shot in this series, Doncic will have to carve up the Suns’ defense while their shooters stay hot throughout. Evan Sidery, Forbes, 2 May 2022 DeSantis and Republicans have defended the map's decision to carve up the Black population in Florida's 5th District by saying its current configuration, which sprawls over 200 miles in northern Florida, is not compact enough. Aaron Navarro, CBS News, 21 Apr. 2022 The White House mandate, which will be enforced under guidelines developed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, does carve out religious and health exemptions. Dallas News, 10 Sep. 2021 The lawmakers describe 16-hour days of essentially operating in shifts, with some working the Capitol and doing media interviews, while others carve out four hours or so to handle their other jobs. Ashraf Khalil, ajc, 16 July 2021 The lawmakers describe 16-hour days of essentially operating in shifts, with some working the Capitol and doing media interviews, while others carve out four hours or so to handle their other jobs. Ashraf Khalil, Star Tribune, 15 July 2021 The lawmakers describe 16-hour days of essentially operating in shifts, with some working the Capitol and doing media interviews, while others carve out four hours or so to handle their other jobs. Ashraf Khalil, chicagotribune.com, 15 July 2021 Meanwhile, MarketWatch notes that the recent antitrust bills that once would have covered Microsoft businesses, like the Xbox video game console and the Windows operating system, have been rewritten to carve out exemptions for those products. Dave Gershgorn, Fortune, 1 July 2021 See More

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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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24 May 2022

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“Carve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carve. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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carve

verb
\ ˈkärv How to pronounce carve (audio) \
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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