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Language: Old English
Origin: scafan

shave

1 verb
     
shave
Related topics: Hair and Beauty
shave1 S3
1 [intransitive and transitive]DCB to cut off hair very close to the skin, especially from the face, using a razor:
He hadn't shaved for days.
Brian had cut himself shaving.
shave your head/legs/armpits etc
She shaved her legs and underarms.
2 [transitive] to remove very thin pieces from the surface of something:
Shave thin strips of cheese over the pasta.

shave something ↔ off

phrasal verb
1 to remove hair by shaving:
I've decided to shave off my beard.
2 also shave something off something to remove very thin pieces from the surface of something, using a knife or other cutting tool:
I had to shave a few millimetres off the bottom of the door to make it shut.
3 also shave something off something if you shave a small amount off something such as a price or a record, you make the price slightly smaller or the record time slightly shorter:
She shaved half a second off the world record.
WORD FOCUS: cut WORD FOCUS: cut
chop to cut vegetables, meat, or wood into pieces
slice
to cut bread, vegetables, or meat into thin pieces
dice
to cut vegetables into small pieces
peel
to cut the outside part off an onion, apple etc
grate
to cut cheese or vegetables into small pieces by rubbing them against a special tool
carve
to cut pieces from a large piece of meat
saw
to cut wood using a special tool called a saw
chop down
to cut down a tree, using an axe
snip
to cut something quickly using scissors
shave
to remove hair from your face or body
trim
to remove small parts of something to make it look neat
mow
to cut grass
prune
to cut off the top part of plants, in order to make them grow better
cut

See also
cut

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