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cave

noun \ ˈkāv \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of cave

plural caves
1 : a natural chamber or series of chambers in the earth or in the side of a hill or cliff
2 : a usually underground chamber for storage
  • a wine cave
; also : the articles stored there
3 : a place providing privacy or seclusion from others
  • When a friend dragged her out of her cave to go salsa dancing for the first time, the rhythms … stepped into her soul …
  • —Leslie Guttman
— see also man cave

Examples of cave in a Sentence

  1. Kentucky's Mammoth Cave is actually a series of large chambers on five levels.

Origin and Etymology of cave

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin cava, noun derivative from feminine of cavus "hollow, concave" — more at 1hole


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cave

verb

Definition of cave

caved; caving
: to form a cave in or under
: to explore caves especially as a sport or hobby

caver

play \ˈkā-vər\ noun

Origin and Etymology of cave

Middle English caven, in part derivative of cave 1cave, in part borrowed from Latin cavāre "to hollow out" excavate


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cave

verb \ ˈkāv \

Definition of cave

caved; caving
1 : to fall in or down especially from being undermined usually used with in
2 : to cease to resist : submit usually used with in
: to cause to fall or collapse usually used with in

Origin and Etymology of cave

probably alteration of calve



CAVE Defined for English Language Learners

cave

Definition of cave for English Language Learners

  • : a large hole that was formed by natural processes in the side of a cliff or hill or under the ground


CAVE Defined for Kids

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cave

noun \ ˈkāv \

Definition of cave for Students

: a large hollow place formed by natural processes in the side of a hill or cliff or underground

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cave

verb

Definition of cave for Students

caved; caving
: to fall or cause to fall in or down : collapse
  • The mine caved in.


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