English version

carve

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Sculpture, Cooking
carvecarve /kɑːv $ kɑːrv/ ●●○ verb  1 make object or pattern [transitive]AVS to make an object or pattern by cutting a piece of wood or stonecarvingcarve something out of/from something a statue carved from a single block of marble carved wooden chairs2 cut something into a surface [transitive]CUT to cut a pattern or letter on the surface of somethingcarve something on/in/into something Someone had carved their initials on the tree.3 cut meat [intransitive, transitive]DFC to cut a large piece of cooked meat into smaller pieces using a knife Carve the meat into slices. Who’s going to carve?see thesaurus at cut4 job/position/life [transitive] (also carve out) to succeed in getting the job, position, life etc that you want He carved a niche for himself as a writer. She carved out a successful career in the film industry. He moved to Boston to carve out a new life for himself.5 water/wind [transitive] if a river, the wind etc carves land or rock, it removes some of it The river had carved channels in the limestone rock. not be carved in stone at stone1(9)6 reduce something [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to reduce the size of something by removing some of itcarve something from something The company carved $1 million from its budget. carve somebody/something ↔ up
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Examples from the Corpus
carveThe bust was mutilated in late antiquity, probably by Christians who carved a cross in the forehead.What's the best way to carve a turkey?Who's going to carve, Dad or Grandpa?This plywood structure has grown bigger and bigger, and he has even carved gothic spires on its top.Shapes of naked half-men half-beasts writhing in some hideous dance were carved on to the mahogany chair.Her son holding his head beside the big carved pumpkin, mimicking a wide, toothy grin.In Fujian, workers are carving roads into red clay hills, scaling bamboo scaffolding, hauling piles of stone.Who's going to carve the turkey?Michelangelo carved this figure from a single block of marble.I am lying in the cornfield gazing at clouds being carved up by harp-edged leaves above me.You start carving while I fetch the vegetables.carved out ... careerThrough hard work and sheer determination, Dennis carved out a career in the building industry.
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Verb table
carve
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theycarve
he, she, itcarves
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theycarved
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave carved
he, she, ithas carved
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad carved
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill carve
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have carved
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam carving
he, she, itis carving
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you, we, theyare carving
Past
I, he, she, itwas carving
you, we, theywere carving
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been carving
he, she, ithas been carving
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been carving
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be carving
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been carving
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