2 [transitive]to remove very thin pieces from the surface of something:
Shave thin strips of cheese over the pasta.
shave something ↔ off
1to remove hair by shaving:
I've decided to shave off my beard.
2alsoshave something off somethingto 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.
3alsoshave something off somethingif 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 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 from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.