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

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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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 In December 1850, Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote to her sister-in-law with a complaint that will sound familiar to anyone who has struggled to carve out time for a creative project. Mason Currey, WSJ, "What Women Artists Knew About Work," 14 Mar. 2019 But water continued to carve across what was once a road in Mabi. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Amid Japan’s Flood Devastation, Survivors Dig Out," 9 July 2018 According to Times reporter Elizabeth Patton, the shoes took a total of four days to create and were infused with two colors of ink, then carved by hand into undulating curves. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Glow-in-the-Dark Heels Are Here to Make Your Childhood Dreams Come True," 22 Jan. 2019 One problem, for a while, was that the only place to connect a railroad from South America to U.S. railroads seemed to be the Royal Gorge, a 10-yard-wide canyon in Colorado carved out by the Arkansas River. Charles R. Morris, WSJ, "‘The Longest Line on the Map’ Review: The End of the Road," 8 Jan. 2019 Now the Grinch, green and scruffy, lives with his dog Max in an isolated home carved into the side of a snowy cliff high above Whoville, a town that really loves Christmas. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Benedict Cumberbatch voices the Grinch in the new movie. It’s pretty fun!," 9 Nov. 2018 Local artist Eirik Johnson spent years studying and photographing the stuff people carve into trees. The Seattle Times, "Everything you need to know about the hottest tickets in town: Seattle events for November 2018," 26 Oct. 2018 And the sarcophagus bears no name carved into the stone—just two lion heads. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient “comic strip” depicts the founding of a Roman city," 10 Oct. 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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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 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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