Translation of carve in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /kɑːrv; kɑːv/

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 [Art/Arte] [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
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
  • 2 [Cookery/Cocina] [meat] cortar, trinchar; [slice] cortar
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    • 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.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • [Cookery/Cocina] cortar or trinchar la carne ( or el pollo etc)

Phrasal verbs

carve out

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

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