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shave

verb \ ˈshāv \

Definition of shave

shaved; shaved or shaven play \ˈshā-vən\; shaving
transitive verb
1 a :to remove a thin layer from
b :to cut off in thin layers or shreds :slice
c :to cut off closely
2 a :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
3 a :to discount (a note) at an exorbitant rate
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

Examples of shave in a Sentence

  1. She cut herself while shaving her legs.

  2. The sheep were all shaved.

  3. He shaves every morning before breakfast.

  4. I cut myself shaving this morning.

  5. She shaves her dog's fur in the summer.

  6. He shaved some butter from the container.

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Origin and Etymology of shave

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

shave Synonyms

Synonyms
bob, crop, cut, cut back, dock, lop (off), nip, pare, poll, prune, clip, shear, snip, trim
Related Words
skive, whittle; manicure, mow; pinch, stump; curtail, shorten
Near Antonyms
elongate, extend, lengthen

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shave

noun

Definition of shave

1 :shaver 3
2 :a thin slice :shaving
3 :an act or the process of shaving

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First Known Use of shave

before 12th century



SHAVE Defined for English Language Learners

shave

verb

Definition of shave for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of shave for English Language Learners

  • : an act of shaving


SHAVE Defined for Kids

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shave

verb \ ˈshāv \

Definition of shave for Students

shaved; shaved or shaven \ˈshā-vən\; shaving
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.

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shave

noun

Definition of shave for Students

1 :an act of making bare or smooth by cutting the hair from
2 :a narrow escape
  • a close shave


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