\ 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

Synonyms for carve


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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 Sometimes visitors spray paint the iconic sandstone rock walls of the canyon or carve their names or initials in them. The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Oct. 2021 Through in-person training and online courses via LinkedIn Learning, Selena teaches professionals how to be fierce self-advocates and carve out leadership paths on their own terms. Selena Rezvani, NBC News, 8 Oct. 2021 Shrader continued to carve his way through a crumbling defense., 2 Oct. 2021 Acequia managers in New Mexico fought for years in courtrooms and legislative offices to carve a place for themselves as water rights became increasingly privatized. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Sep. 2021 Professional pumpkin carving takes place in the fall, of course, when pumpkins are available to carve. Bebe Hodges, The Enquirer, 23 Sep. 2021 Moonbeam hires people to listen to the podcasts and carve out the most appealing clips., 19 Sep. 2021 The poll also found that most Atlantans oppose the movement to carve out a new city of Buckhead. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii, ajc, 14 Sep. 2021 Haaland’s travel plans included a visit to King Cove, where residents have unsuccessfully sought to carve a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge on the Alaska Peninsula in order to reach emergency care in larger cities more quickly. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Sep. 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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15 Oct 2021

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“Carve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 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?

Other Words from carve

carver noun

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