Shave meaning

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The act, process, or result of shaving.
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Shave is defined as to cut thin slices, remove hair from the surface of the skin, or cut very short.

An example of shave is grating chocolate over a cream pie.

An example of shave is using a razor to remove the hair on your legs.

An example of shave is using hair clippers to cut the hair on the back of your neck very short.

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To crop, trim, or mow closely.

Shave a meadow.

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To come close to or graze in passing.
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To remove the beard or other body hair with a razor or shaver.
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A thin slice or scraping; a shaving.
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Any of various tools used for shaving.
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To cut or scrape away a thin slice or slices from.

To shave the edge of a door.

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To cut or scrape into thin sections or slices.

Shaved ham.

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To barely touch or just miss touching in passing; graze.
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To cut short or trim (grass, etc.) closely.
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To deliberately limit the number of (points) scored by one's team in a game (esp. a basketball game) in an effort to affect the result for gambling purposes.
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(informal) To purchase (a note, bill, etc.) at a discount greater than the legal or customary rate.
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(informal) To lower (a price, rate, etc.) by a slight margin.
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To cut off hair or the beard with a razor or shaver; shave oneself.
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A tool used for cutting thin slices, as of wood, from a surface.
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The act or an instance of shaving the beard.
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To make bald by using a tool such as a razor or pair of electric clippers to cut the hair close to the skin.
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To cut anything in this fashion.
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(intransitive) To remove hair from one's face by this means.

I had little time to shave this morning.

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To cut finely, as with slices of meat.
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To skim along or near the surface of; to pass close to, or touch lightly, in passing.
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(archaic) To be hard and severe in a bargain with; to practice extortion on; to cheat.
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(US, slang, dated) To buy (a note) at a discount greater than the legal rate of interest, or to deduct in discounting it more than the legal rate allows.
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An instance of shaving.

I instructed the barber to give me a shave.

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A thin slice; a shaving.

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(US, slang, dated) An exorbitant discount on a note.
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(US, slang, dated) A premium paid for an extension of the time of delivery or payment, or for the right to vary a stock contract in any particular.

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A hand tool consisting of a sharp blade with a handle at each end; a spokeshave.
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Origin of shave

  • Middle English shaven to scrape from Old English sceafan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English shaven, schaven, from Old English scafan (“to shave, scrape, shred, polish"), from Proto-Germanic *skabanÄ… (“to scratch"), from Proto-Indo-European *skÀbÊ°-, *skabÊ°- (“to cut, split, form, carve"). Cognate with West Frisian skave, Dutch schaven (“to shave, plane"), German schaben (“to scrape, shave"), Danish skave, Swedish skava (“to scrape, chafe"), Icelandic skafa.

    From Wiktionary

  • Old English sceafa

    From Wiktionary