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

 

cave

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//keɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//keɪv//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cave
BrE BrE//keɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//keɪv//
 
he / she / it caves
BrE BrE//keɪvz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//keɪvz//
 
past simple caved
BrE BrE//keɪvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//keɪvd//
 
past participle caved
BrE BrE//keɪvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//keɪvd//
 
-ing form caving
BrE BrE//ˈkeɪvɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkeɪvɪŋ//
 
 
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Word Origin Middle English: from Old French, from Latin cava, from cavus ‘hollow’ (compare with cavern). The usage cave in may be from the synonymous dialect expression calve in, influenced by obsolete cave ‘excavate, hollow out’. Phrasal Verbscave incave in (to something)
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cave