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English definition of “shave”

shave

verb [I/T]    /ʃeɪv/
to remove hair from the face or body by cutting it close to the skin with a razor (= a device with a blade): [T] He shaved his face. [I] He carefully shaved around the cut on his cheek. [M] I was amazed to see he had shaved off his beard. If you shave an amount off or from an object or surface, you cut a thin layer from it: [M] She shaved about an eighth of an inch off the door, and now it closes. shave    /ʃeɪv/ noun [C] After three days of camping, he needed a good shave.
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