shaveshave1 /ʃeɪv/ ●●●S3 verb1[intransitive, transitive]DCBCUT to cut off hair very close to the skin, especially from the face, using a razorHe hadn’t shaved for days.Brian had cut himself shaving.shave your head/legs/armpits etcShe shaved her legs and underarms.2[transitive] to remove very thin pieces from the surface of somethingShave thin strips of cheese over the pasta. →shave something ↔ off→ See Verb table
shaveshave2 noun [countable usually singular]1DCBCUTif a man has a shave, he cuts off the hair on his face close to his skin using a razorHe looked as if he needed a shave.have a shave British EnglishI’ll just have a shave before we go.2 →a close shave
Examples from the Corpus
shave• After a shave, he felt fresh, newly born.• First day home he would get a haircut and a shave.• He badly needed a shower and a shave.• He had no intention of drinking the stuff, but it might do for a shave.• At least he'd had a shave.• I went down to the washroom to get a drink of water, and to have a shave.• He seemed pale and in need of a closer shave.• His long hair stopped neatly at the level where it curved most attractively, but his shave was indifferent.• He went upstairs and had a quickshave.have a shave• The old Polly, the young Polly, would on principle never have shaved her legs.• But he's been told he should have shaved if he'd wanted the job.• I went down to the washroom to get a drink of water, and to have a shave.• Now that the bucket was free, I got some water boiled and began to have a shave.• At half past seven I put some water on to have a shave.