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Definition of "carve" []

  • To divide into pieces by cutting; slice: carved a roast. (verb-transitive)
  • To divide by parceling out: carve up an estate. (verb-transitive)
  • To cut into a desired shape; fashion by cutting: carve the wood into a figure. (verb-transitive)
  • To make or form by or as if by cutting: carve initials in the bark; carved out an empire. (verb-transitive)
  • To decorate by cutting and shaping carefully. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "carve" in a sentence
  • "The unsecured creditors may use that so-called carve-out to cover such expenses as attorneys 'fees or as a supplement to what the company will repay them upon its exit from bankruptcy protection."
  • "Come here, and let us teach you to behave properly; you will not have to carve, that is done at the side-table."
  • "Fiercely protective of their own place in the presidential nominating process, Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada - known as the "carve out states" - would almost certainly push their dates into January in response to Florida's move."