Definition of carve
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>
1 : to cut up and serve meat
2 : to work as a sculptor or engraver
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.
Origin and Etymology of carve
Middle English kerven, from Old English ceorfan; akin to Old High German kerban to notch, Greek graphein to scratch, write
First Known Use: before 12th century
CARVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of carve for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of carve for Students
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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