- carve [ka:v US ka:rv] v▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(make object or pattern)¦2¦(cut something into a surface)¦3¦(cut meat)¦4¦(job/position/life)¦5¦(water/wind)¦6¦(reduce something)¦Phrasal verbscarve somebody/something<=>up▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[: Old English; Origin: ceorfan]1.) ¦(MAKE OBJECT OR PATTERN)¦ [T]to make an object or pattern by cutting a piece of wood or stone→↑carving carve sth out of/from sth▪ a statue carved from a single block of marble▪ carved wooden chairs2.) ¦(CUT SOMETHING INTO A SURFACE)¦ [T]to cut a pattern or letter on the surface of somethingcarve sth on/in/into sth▪ Someone had carved their initials on the tree.3.) ¦(CUT MEAT)¦ [I and T]to cut a large piece of cooked meat into smaller pieces using a knife▪ Carve the meat into slices.▪ Who's going to carve?4.) ¦(JOB/POSITION/LIFE)¦ [T]also carve outto succeed in getting the job, position, life etc that you want▪ He had carved a niche for himself as a photographer.▪ She carved out a very successful career in the film industry.▪ He moved to San Francisco to carve out a new life for himself.5.) ¦(WATER/WIND)¦ [T]if a river, the wind etc carves land or rock, it removes some of it▪ The river had carved channels in the limestone rock.→not be carved in stone at ↑stone1 (9)6.) ¦(REDUCE SOMETHING)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]to reduce the size of something by removing some of itcarve sth from sth▪ The company carved $1 million from its budget.carve up [carve sb/sth<=>up] phr v1.) to divide land, a company etc into smaller parts and share it between people - used especially to show disapproval▪ The Ottoman Empire was carved up by Britain and France after World War I.▪ The two companies are attempting to carve up a large slice of America's publishing industry between them.2.) BrE informal to drive past someone in a car and then suddenly move in front of them so that you are too close
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.