\ 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 outcarve 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 Giving up only 13 points is a positive after getting carved up for 40 last week by the Chiefs. John Reid,, "Jaguars CB Ramsey requests trade after dispute during loss with Marrone," 16 Sep. 2019 Minnesota worked on the Eagles’ offense during spring practices, a little bit in the summer and carved out days during fall camp. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers have a different challenge in Georgia Southern’s triple-option offense," 12 Sep. 2019 Nearby, a plastic bar, carved as a lattice to shrink its weight, stretched across the ceiling, demonstrating how a 3D printer might eventually crank out rods for massive solar panels. Wired, "The Best Place to Make Undersea Cables Might Be ... in Space," 11 Sep. 2019 Gene also enjoyed carving duck decoys, and was an avid N.Y.Giant's fan as well as a UCONN Women's Basketball fan., "Eugene A. Pintavalle," 8 Sep. 2019 The maxims were the same: live by the checklist; carve the routines into muscle memory; never get complacent. The Economist, "The last of the great explorers," 6 Sep. 2019 Of course, this is all the precursor to Lauren’s favorite pastime: carving pumpkins, roasting the seeds, and curling up for a night in with the kids and Thomas Rhett. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Lauren Akins Is So Ready for Fall — and Even Thomas Rhett Can't Stop Her," 4 Sep. 2019 Hell's Gate is a popular hiking and cycling spot for tourists and locals and is known for its towering cliffs and gorges carved by a prehistoric lake. Helen Regan, CNN, "Hell's Gate: Flash floods sweep away tour group in Kenya park that inspired 'The Lion King'," 1 Sep. 2019 Johnson can’t carve out a separate legal status for Northern Ireland without losing the support of a small Unionist party from there, whose handful of votes keep the Conservative government in power. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Great Lie of the Right-Wing Populists," 30 Aug. 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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