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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 especially wood or stone, or to cut into the surface of stone, wood, etc.:

This totem pole is carved from/out of a single tree trunk.
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 defensive purposes.

to cut thin pieces from a large piece of cooked meat:

Would you like me to carve (the chicken)?

More examples

  • There were three large figures carved out of the rock.
  • He carved the wood to resemble a small bird.
  • My father always carved at Sunday dinner.

(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 totem pole is carved from a single tree trunk.

To carve a large piece of cooked meat is to cut thin pieces from it:

[ I/T ] Would you like me to carve (the turkey)?

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