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.
Recent Examples of carve from the Web
Carved human skulls found in ancient stone temple Archaeologists have made a remarkable find in a 12,000-year-old stone temple in southeastern Turkey.
On the inside, hand-carved wood and Chinese decor transport the visitor to a different land, and, D'Angelo said, the state of mind necessary to provide the services the temple offers.
Time and natural forces are constantly carving up the world's topography, but holes drilled into the nearby rock suggest that Trollpikken was the victim of a grotesque operation.
As well as dominating their home bases, the big three Chinese players have each carved out a position abroad.
Lively has started to carve an interesting niche for herself in thrillers (The Shallows, plus the upcoming adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s The Husband’s Secret).
The Florida law carves out room for local governments to control how ride-hailing companies operate at airports and seaports, leaving Miami-Dade some leverage after July 1.
At just 15 years old, Kaia Gerber has carved a place for herself in the modeling world—but she's only getting started.
Later in the month, Matthew, a fierce Cat 5, carved a path of destruction across the Caribbean before rolling up Florida’s east coast.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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