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Definition of carve verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    carve

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kɑːv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɑːrv//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they carve
    BrE BrE//kɑːv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɑːrv//
     
    he / she / it carves
    BrE BrE//kɑːvz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɑːrvz//
     
    past simple carved
    BrE BrE//kɑːvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɑːrvd//
     
    past participle carved
    BrE BrE//kɑːvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɑːrvd//
     
    -ing form carving
    BrE BrE//ˈkɑːvɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːrvɪŋ//
     
    Describing architecture, Preparing food, Artwork and techniques
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to make objects, patterns, etc. by cutting away material from wood or stone carve something a carved doorway carve something from/out of something The statue was carved out of a single piece of stone. The beads were carved from solid ivory. carve something into/in something The wood had been carved into the shape of a flower. (figurative) Over the centuries, melting snow had carved valleys in the landscape. carve in something She carves in both stone and wood. CollocationsFine artsCreating art make a work of art/​a drawing/​a sketch/​a sculpture/​a statue/​engravings/​etchings/​prints do an oil painting/​a self-portrait/​a line drawing/​a rough sketch create a work of art/​an artwork/​paintings and sculptures produce paintings/​portraits/​oil sketches/​his most celebrated work/​a series of prints paint a picture/​landscape/​portrait/​mural/​in oils/​in watercolours/(especially US English) in watercolors/​on canvas draw a picture/​a portrait/​a cartoon/​a sketch/​a line/​a figure/​the human form/​in charcoal/​in ink sketch a preliminary drawing/​a figure/​a shape carve a figure/​an image/​a sculpture/​an altarpiece/​reliefs/​a block of wood sculpt a portrait bust/​a statue/​an abstract figure etch a line/​a pattern/​a design/​a name into the glass mix colours/(especially US English) colors/​pigments/​paints add/​apply thin/​thick layers of paint/​colour/(especially US English) color/​pigment use oil pastels/​charcoal/​acrylic paint/​a can of spray paint work in bronze/​ceramics/​stone/​oils/​pastels/​watercolour/​a wide variety of mediaDescribing art paint/​depict a female figure/​a biblical scene/​a pastoral landscape/​a domestic interior depict/​illustrate a traditional/​mythological/​historical/​religious theme create an abstract composition/​a richly textured surface/​a distorted perspective paint dark/​rich/​skin/​flesh tones use broad brush strokes/​loose brushwork/​vibrant colours/​a limited palette/​simple geometric forms develop/​adopt/​paint in a stylized manner/​an abstract styleShowing and selling art commission an altarpiece/​a bronze bust of somebody/​a portrait/​a religious work/​an artist to paint something frame a painting/​portrait hang art/​a picture/​a painting display/​exhibit modern art/​somebody’s work/​a collection/​original artwork/​drawings/​sculptures/​a piece be displayed/​hung in a gallery/​museum install/​place a sculpture in/​at/​on something erect/​unveil a bronze/​marble/​life-size statue hold/​host/​mount/​open/​curate/​see an exhibition (especially British English)/(usually North American English) an exhibit be/​go on (British English) exhibition/(North American English) exhibit feature/​promote/​showcase a conceptual artist/​contemporary works collect African art/​modern British paintings/​Japanese prints restore/​preserve a fresco/​great works of art See related entries: Describing architecture, Artwork and techniques
  2. 2[transitive] carve something (on something) to write something on a surface by cutting into it They carved their initials on the desk. A Latin inscription had been carved on the lid of the box.
  3. 3to cut a large piece of cooked meat into smaller pieces for eating [transitive, intransitive] carve (something) | carve (somebody) something Who's going to carve the turkey? See related entries: Preparing food
  4. 4[transitive, no passive] to work hard in order to have a successful career, reputation, etc. carve something (out) He succeeded in carving out a career in the media. carve something (out) for yourself She has carved a place for herself in the fashion world.
  5. Word Origin Old English ceorfan ‘cut, carve’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch kerven.Extra examples Lunch is ready. Who’s going to carve? She taught me how to carve a leg of lamb. We watched as the waiter expertly carved the duck.Idioms (of a decision, plan, etc.) unable to be changed People should remember that our proposals aren't set in stone. Phrasal Verbscarve somethingup
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