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

      

    shave

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ʃeɪv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃeɪv//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shave
    BrE BrE//ʃeɪv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃeɪv//
     
    he / she / it shaves
    BrE BrE//ʃeɪvz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃeɪvz//
     
    past simple shaved
    BrE BrE//ʃeɪvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃeɪvd//
     
    past participle shaved
    BrE BrE//ʃeɪvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃeɪvd//
     
    -ing form shaving
    BrE BrE//ˈʃeɪvɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃeɪvɪŋ//
     
    Styling hair
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to cut hair from the skin, especially the face, using a razor Mike cut himself shaving. shave somebody/something/yourself The nurse washed and shaved him. a shaved head He has completely shaved his head. I cut myself when I was shaving. see also shaven See related entries: Styling hair
  2. 2[transitive] shave something to cut a small amount off a price, etc. The firm had shaved profit margins.
  3. Word Origin Old English sc(e)afan ‘scrape away the surface of (something) by paring’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schaven and German schaben. Phrasal Verbsshave somethingoff
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