1to divide land, a company etc into smaller parts and share it between people - used especially to show disapproval:
The Ottoman Empire was carved up by Britain and France after World War I.
The two companies are attempting to carve up a large slice of America's publishing industry between them.
2British Englishinformalto drive past a car and then suddenly move in front of it so that you are too close
WORD FOCUS: cut WORD FOCUS: cut chopto cut vegetables, meat, or wood into pieces sliceto cut bread, vegetables, or meat into thin pieces diceto cut vegetables into small pieces peelto cut the outside part off an onion, apple etc grateto cut cheese or vegetables into small pieces by rubbing them against a special tool carveto cut pieces from a large piece of meat sawto cut wood using a special tool called a saw chop downto cut down a tree, using an axe snipto cut something quickly using scissors shaveto remove hair from your face or body trimto remove small parts of something to make it look neat mowto cut grass pruneto cut off the top part of plants, in order to make them grow better cut ➔ See alsocut
Definition of carve from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English within the topic SCULPTURE