\ 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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Martorana’s gambit is to carve soft things, with exquisite realism, from hard stone. Washington Post, "The Kreeger Museum has reopened, with an art exhibition that probes the vestiges of the past," 13 Apr. 2021 Those communities who have resources to do so should carve out time and space for Deaf-centric sites, where language access needs are met and cultural nuances are integrated into the care process to minimize hesitancy and confusion. Sara Novic, CNN, "I was fortunate to get my vaccination, but the hurdles are too great for many other Deaf people," 13 Apr. 2021 But McKinstry’s early performance may force Roberts to carve out more playing time for him than was expected entering the season. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, "Wall slamming and sliding catches: Zach McKinstry’s Dodgers career off to wild start," 12 Apr. 2021 This is the classic drug development playbook and just how the system works – make a drug, get an approval, and then carve out bigger and bigger spaces in the market as more clinical data comes in. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Want to know about the future of the pandemic? Join us at Brainstorm Health 2021," 12 Apr. 2021 Weaver — who flashed pinpoint command with a mid-90s fastball — needed just 94 pitches over seven innings to carve through Cincinnati's red-hot lineup, throwing 63 strikes. David Brandt, Star Tribune, "Weaver takes no-hitter into 7th, Diamondbacks top Reds 7-0," 11 Apr. 2021 The WrestleMania 37 announcement will be the first official attempt to make up for WWE 2K20, change the narrative, and carve a new direction for the brand in its fans' eyes. Brian Mazique, Forbes, "WWE 2K22: WrestleMania 37 Is A Must-Watch For Fans Of The Series," 10 Apr. 2021 According to an offer emailed to the county attorney on April 1, Dorworth’s River Cross Land Co. proposes the county carve out the 669 acres just east of the Econlockhatchee River from Seminole’s rural boundary. Martin E. Comas,, "Dorworth pitches new proposal for River Cross property," 7 Apr. 2021 The McBlains got him some leather and tools, and Mr. Rembert’s wife urged him to carve pictures from his own life. New York Times, "Winfred Rembert, 75, Dies; Turned Painful Memories Into Art," 4 Apr. 2021

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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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30 Apr 2021

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“Carve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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