\ 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

Synonyms for carve


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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The leading theory about their origin is that they were carved — most from walrus tusk — in the late 12th or early 13th century in Trondheim, Norway, Sotheby’s said in a press release. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Mom thought the $6 knickknack might be magic. She wasn’t far off.," 3 June 2019 There will be furniture by Hannah Vaughan, who carves her pieces with a chainsaw. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "This Hudson Valley Craft Market Will Jumpstart Your Garden," 9 May 2019 Ann Lowe, the woman who made Jacqueline Kennedy’s wedding dress, carved a path for herself, becoming the first Black designer to open a boutique on Madison Avenue, and paved the way for many others. Amira Rasool, Glamour, "What It Means to Be a Black Fashion Designer," 1 May 2019 There’s a private entry gallery with a black Belgian granite floor and intricately carved double doors, a dining room that seats 14 people, a library overlooking the park and a terrace that surrounds the master suite. ... Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Fifth Avenue Triplex Owned by Nasser Family Asks $52 Million," 30 Apr. 2019 Tonlé also partners with local organizations to hand-carve reclaimed scraps of wood into buttons, zippers, belts, and buckles, and work with a weaving group, Weaves of Cambodia, to create zero-waste textiles from small scraps of recycled fabrics. Maia Wikler, Teen Vogue, "5 Women-Owned Companies Revolutionizing the Zero-Waste Movement," 24 Apr. 2019 And yet, while there’s nothing quotidian about the food, the room is what every creative wishes their common living space could look like—a state-of-the-art industrial kitchen carved out of the original raw historic warehouse space. Pilar Guzmán, Condé Nast Traveler, "South Africa’s Other Big Five," 20 Dec. 2018 Lines are curved, though nothing ever feels ostentatious, as it's made out of natural materials, such as carved wood with a low sheen finish. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About French Country Design," 9 Nov. 2018 Despite Rachael's career on TV and John's gig as a lead singer for an independent rock band called The Cringe, the pair managed to carve out time to be together. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Rachael Ray and Her Husband John Cusimano Have Overcome So Much in Their Relationship," 19 Apr. 2019

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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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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


\ 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?

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carver noun

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