Meaning of “shave” in the English Dictionary

"shave" in British English

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shaveverb [ I or T ]

uk /ʃeɪv/ us /ʃeɪv/

B1 to remove hair from the body, especially a man's face, by cutting it close to the skin with a razor, so that the skin feels smooth:

John has to shave twice a day.
I always shave my legs in the shower.
Do you shave under your arms?
When my dad shaved his beard (off), he looked ten years younger.

More examples

  • It's such a drag having to shave every day.
  • He didn't shave while we were on holiday.
  • Have you shaved today? You feel bristly.
  • If you shave the hair grows back even thicker.
  • I'd forgotten to shave my legs so I couldn't wear my skirt.

shavenoun [ C ]

uk /ʃeɪv/ us /ʃeɪv/

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

"shave" in American English

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shaveverb [ I/T ]

us /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
noun [ C ] us /ʃeɪv/

After three days of camping, he needed a good shave.

(Definition of “shave” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)