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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 sharp points 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/ sawed
  • saw verb [I/T] (USE TOOL)

to cut with a saw: [M] I sawed off the end of the plank.
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"saw" in British English

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sawverb

uk   /sɔː/ us   /sɑː/

sawverb

uk   /sɔː/ us   /sɑː/ sawed, sawn or mainly US sawed
[I or T] to cut wood 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 terrible noise!

sawnoun [C]

uk   /sɔː/ us   /sɑː/
(Definition of saw from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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