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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In truth, Hurd is a walking demonstration of what our political system would look like if gerrymandering didn’t carve up the American election map into endless slices of ultra-partisanship. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Hurd carries the burden of the GOP brand into November," 22 June 2018 The intricately detailed heads were carved and painted by a Japanese artist. Washington Post, "Louisiana’s whooping crane comeback: 5 chicks this year," 13 July 2018 Witch Marks have been found carved into many old homes and churches, mostly in England. Sarah Lyons, Teen Vogue, "How to Make Friday the 13th Good Luck Charms," 12 July 2018 The root end of a green onion was carved into a flower, blooming from below. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Ngon Appetit keeps it simple with 3 items — soup, sandwiches, crepes," 11 July 2018 But what really happened when people were carved off from what had historically been social co-participation in musical rituals was not that audiences became isolated. Nancy Baym, WIRED, "Book Excerpt: How Music Fans Built the Internet," 10 July 2018 The pond was carved out of the earth shortly after the Teales purchased the property. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Teale's Legacy Lives On At Trail Wood Sanctuary," 9 July 2018 One block was meticulously carved to leave the black lines that describe the composition’s forms. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Out of the shadows and into the light: 'Chiaroscuro Woodcut' is a sleeper hit at LACMA," 5 July 2018 As part of interim peace deals in the 1990s, the West Bank was carved up into autonomous and semi-autonomous Palestinian areas, known as Areas A and B, and Area C, which is home to some 400,000 Israeli settlers. Fox News, "Activists protest planned West Bank demolition," 4 July 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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