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

 

stave

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//steɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//steɪv//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stave
BrE BrE//steɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//steɪv//
 
he / she / it staves
BrE BrE//steɪvz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//steɪvz//
 
past simple staved
BrE BrE//steɪvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//steɪvd//
 
past participle staved
BrE BrE//steɪvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//steɪvd//
 
past simple stove
BrE BrE//stəʊv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//stoʊv//
 
past participle stove
BrE BrE//stəʊv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//stoʊv//
 
-ing form staving
BrE BrE//ˈsteɪvɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsteɪvɪŋ//
 
 
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(staved, staved or stove, stove
BrE BrE//stəʊv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//stoʊv//
 
)
Word Origin Middle English: back-formation from staves, archaic plural of staff. Current senses of the verb date from the early 17th cent. Phrasal Verbsstave somethinginstave somethingoff
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: stave