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"carve" in British English

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carveverb [I or T]

uk   /kɑːv/  us   /kɑːrv/
C2 to make something by ​cutting into ​especiallywood or ​stone, or to ​cut into the ​surface of ​stone, ​wood, etc.: This ​totempole is carved from/out of a ​singletreetrunk. He carved her ​name on a ​tree. Some of the ​tunnels in the ​cliff are ​natural, some were carved out (= ​cut into the ​rock) by ​soldiers for ​defensivepurposes. to ​cutthinpieces from a ​largepiece of ​cookedmeat: Would you like me to carve (the ​chicken)?

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(Definition of carve from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"carve" in American English

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carveverb [I/T]

 us   /kɑrv/
to make something by ​cutting into esp. ​wood or ​stone, or to ​cut into the ​surface of ​stone, ​wood, etc.: [T] This ​totempole is carved from a ​singletreetrunk. To carve a ​largepiece of ​cookedmeat is to ​cutthinpieces from it: [I/T] Would you like me to carve (the ​turkey)?
(Definition of carve from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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