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carve
American English: /kɑrv/
British English: /kɑːv/

Translation of carve in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 (Art)
    (wood/stone)
    tallar
    (figure/bust)
    esculpir
    tallar
    (initials)
    grabar
    the statue was carved from o out of a single block
    la estatua fue esculpida or tallada en un solo bloque
    birds carved in o out of wood
    pájaros tallados or esculpidos en madera
    the names were carved in(to) the desktops
    los nombres estaban grabados en los pupitres
    they carved an existence from that harsh land
    extrajeron su sustento de aquella tierra inhóspita
    Example sentences
    • It's an attractive building, dark carved wood contrasting with the white sand.
    • The lavish silk upholstery and carved wood and ivory in the ‘palace on wheels’ make the current Royal train look austere by comparison.
    • The exhibition features a stunning array of sculpture, using welded metal, carved wood, ceramics and experimental media.
    Example sentences
    • Next to them, several workers were carefully fine tuning the gongs to their designated tones, while the rest of the workers were carving intricate designs on wooden gong holders.
    • Students are now ready to carve their designs into their linoleum blocks and make their test prints on paper.
    • I think it's unfair to call it a ‘fake’ since we don't know who carved the inscription or why.

intransitive verb

  • (Cookery)
    cortar or trinchar la carne ( or el pollo etc)
    Example sentences
    • Using a sharp knife, carve the fillet into wafer thin slices.
    • Let stand for 5 minutes before carving the meat off the upright carcass.
    • The food fares well in terms of freshness, quantity and effort, and there's a made-to-order pasta bar and a station where roast beef is carved before your eyes.

Phrasal verbs

carve out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
(reputation)
forjarse
(name)
hacerse
to carve out a career for oneself
labrarse or forjarse un porvenir profesional

carve up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1.1 (divide) [colloquial] [pejorative]
(country/company)
dividir
repartir
they carved up the land among themselves
se repartieron las tierras
1.2 (wound with knife) [slang]
(person/face)
rajar [slang]
coser a puñaladas [colloquial]

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