saw Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “saw” in the English Dictionary

"saw" in British English

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sawverb

uk   /sɔː/  us   /sɑː/
past simple ofsee

sawverb

uk   /sɔː/  us   /sɑː/ (sawed, sawn or mainly US sawed)
[I or T] to ​cutwood or other hard ​material using a saw: They sawed the ​door in ​half. He sawed through the ​pipe. [I + adv/prep] to ​move something ​backwards and ​forwards as if using a saw: He was sawing away at his ​violin, making a ​terriblenoise!

sawnoun [C]

uk   /sɔː/  us   /sɑː/
a ​tool with a ​long or round ​blade and a ​row of ​sharppoints along one ​edge, used for ​cutting hard ​materials such as ​wood or ​metal: a ​hand/​power/​chain/​circular saw
(Definition of saw from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"saw" in American English

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saw

 us   //

saw (SEE)

past simple of see

sawnoun [C]

 us   //

saw noun [C] (TOOL)

a ​tool that has a ​blade with ​sharppoints along one ​edge, used for ​cutting hard ​materials, such as ​wood or ​metal: a ​circular saw a hand-held saw

sawverb [I/T]

 us   // (past tense sawed, past participle sawn  /sɔn/ or sawed)

saw verb [I/T] (USE TOOL)

to ​cut with a saw: [M] I sawed off the end of the ​plank.
(Definition of saw from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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