shave

verb
\ˈshāv \
shaved; shaved or shaven\ˈshā-vən \; shaving

Definition of shave 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to remove a thin layer from

b : to cut off in thin layers or shreds : slice

c : to cut off closely

2a : to sever the hair from (the head or another part of the body) close to the roots

b : to cut off (hair or beard) close to the skin

3a : to discount (a note) at an exorbitant rate

b : deduct, reduce

c : to conspire to score fewer (points) than one is capable of (as to affect gambling outcomes)

4 : to come close to or touch lightly in passing

intransitive verb

1 : to cut off hair or beard close to the skin

2 : to proceed with difficulty : scrape

shave

noun

Definition of shave (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : a thin slice : shaving

3 : an act or the process of shaving

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Synonyms for shave

Synonyms: Verb

brush, graze, kiss, nudge, skim

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Examples of shave in a Sentence

Verb

She cut herself while shaving her legs. The sheep were all shaved. He shaves every morning before breakfast. I cut myself shaving this morning. She shaves her dog's fur in the summer. He shaved some butter from the container.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The star opted not to shave her head but instead cut her locks into a long pixie cut. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Bollywood Star Shares Emotional Video of Her Cutting Her Hair Off Before Cancer Treatment," 10 July 2018 Emerging-market stocks rallied Friday to shave a fifth monthly loss. Jeremy Herron, BostonGlobe.com, "Stocks cap quarter with gains, dollar slumps," 29 June 2018 This is likely to shave a few degrees off the highs, which will be mainly in the low 90s. David Streit, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Heating up today but just the prelude to a sultry weekend," 28 June 2018 By this point in his life this most confident of men wore an uncharacteristically grim look, and in addition hadn’t bothered to shave for his trial. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘A Very English Scandal’ Review: Sex, Intrigue and Bunnies," 28 June 2018 Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman may be the first to shave his mustache. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Astros player shaved his mustache during Sunday's game against Royals," 25 June 2018 Even so, the authorities have still been introducing low-tech tricks to shave further seconds off processing time, such as steering lorries into the inspection sheds with nonverbal notifications. Georgina Voss, The Atlantic, "Brexit Could Cripple Britain’s Ports," 20 June 2018 Theron is almost unrecognizable in Monster, shaving her eyebrows to play the 46-year-old murderer. PEOPLE.com, "Serial Killers Who Inspired Haunting Hollywood Portrayals," 12 July 2018 These spindles are stacked with slices of pork and chicken, pressed, seared crisp on the vertical broiler, and shaved to order by owner Ali Kalatzakis with a buzzing, circular electric knife — a spectacle unto itself. Alex Kiesig, idahostatesman, "'I love this city': Eat your way through the Capital City Public Market," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This one from Philips lasts an hour on a single charge, has a turbo mode for a faster shave, and can be used wet or dry. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "Here are the 5 best Amazon deals right now," 6 June 2018 The chairs in the new Spanish Fly Barbershop in NuLu are more than a place for a trim or a shave. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "NuLu's new barbershop is keeping patrons as fresh as the neighborhood," 10 July 2018 To prevent nicks and possible infection or inflammation in the hair follicles, Marchbein recommends using a sharp razor, and changing out the blade every two to three shaves. Kayleigh Donahue, Allure, "Allure's Guide to Hair Removal From Your Brows to Your Bikini Line," 6 June 2018 More Money: Nordstrom's first NYC store offers cocktails, anytime pick up -- even a shaveMore: Department stores dead? Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Saks Fifth Avenue bets 'magic mirrors,' face workouts will bring online buyers to stores," 29 May 2018 Offering not just a greener alternative but a closer, smoother shave at that is Oui’s old-school, rose gold safety razor. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why You Should Trade In Your Plastic Razor for This Chic Rose Gold One," 15 Mar. 2018 Made up of aloe, cucumber, and rose oil, this gentle serum can be used as a daily hydrator, after-shave moisturizer, or post-sun treatment. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "11 Cooling Beauty Products That Beat the Heat," 7 July 2018 And arm yourself with a new, multiblade razor every five shaves to get the smoothest results and prevent irritation. Kayleigh Donahue, Allure, "Allure's Guide to Hair Removal From Your Brows to Your Bikini Line," 6 June 2018 The vehicle was unlocked and ear buds and a shave bag were removed. Dan White, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Davie, Cooper City area crime reports," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of shave

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shave

Verb

Middle English, from Old English scafan; akin to Lithuanian skobti to pluck, Latin scabere to scratch, and perhaps to Greek koptein to cut — more at capon

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shave

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shave

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cut the hair, wool, etc., off (someone or something) very close to the skin

: to cut off (hair, wool, a beard, etc.) very close to the skin

: to remove a thin layer of (something) from something

shave

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shave (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of shaving

shave

verb
\ˈshāv \
shaved; shaved or shaven\ˈshā-vən \; shaving

Kids Definition of shave

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to cut or trim off a thin layer of (as with a sharp blade) I shaved the wood from the tip of the pencil.

2 : to cut off very close to the skin He shaved the hair from his head.

3 : to make bare or smooth by cutting the hair from He shaved his face.

shave

noun

Kids Definition of shave (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of making bare or smooth by cutting the hair from

2 : a narrow escape a close shave

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