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shave

 (shāv)
v. shaved, shaved or shav·en (shā′vən), shav·ing, shaves
v.tr.
1.
a. To remove the beard or other body hair from, with a razor or shaver: The barber lathered his face and then shaved him.
b. To cut (the beard, for example) at the surface of the skin with a razor or shaver.
2. To crop, trim, or mow closely: shave a meadow.
3.
a. To remove thin slices from: shave a board.
b. To cut or scrape into thin slices; shred: shave chocolate.
4. To come close to or graze in passing. See Synonyms at brush1.
5.
a. To reduce by a small amount: shaved two months from the schedule.
b. To cut (a price) by a slight margin.
c. To purchase (a note) at a reduction greater than the legal or customary rate.
d. To limit the number of (points) scored by one's own team in an athletic contest by point-shaving.
v.intr.
To remove the beard or other body hair with a razor or shaver.
n.
1. The act, process, or result of shaving.
2. A thin slice or scraping; a shaving.
3. Any of various tools used for shaving.

[Middle English shaven, to scrape, from Old English sceafan.]

shave

(ʃeɪv)
vb (mainly tr) , shaves, shaving, shaved, shaved or shaven
1. (Hairdressing & Grooming) (also intr) to remove (the beard, hair, etc) from (the face, head, or body) by scraping the skin with a razor
2. to cut or trim very closely
3. to reduce to shavings
4. (Building) to remove thin slices from (wood, etc) with a sharp cutting tool; plane or pare
5. to touch or graze in passing
6. (Commerce) informal to reduce (a price) by a slight amount
7. (Commerce) commerce US to purchase (a commercial paper) at a greater rate of discount than is customary or legal
n
8. (Hairdressing & Grooming) the act or an instance of shaving
9. (Tools) any tool for scraping
10. a thin slice or shaving
11. an instance of barely touching something
12. close shave informal a narrow escape
[Old English sceafan; related to Old Norse skafa, Gothic skaban to shave, Latin scabere to scrape]
ˈshavable, ˈshaveable adj

shave

(ʃeɪv)

v. shaved, shaved (esp. in combination) shav•en, shav•ing, v.i.
1. to remove a growth of hair or beard with a razor.
v.t.
2. to remove hair from (the face, legs, etc.) by cutting it off close to the skin with a razor.
3. to cut off (hair, esp. the beard) close to the skin with a razor (often fol. by off or away).
4. to cut or scrape away the surface of with a sharp-edged tool.
5. to reduce to shavings or thin slices.
6. to cut or trim closely: to shave a lawn.
7. to scrape, graze, or come very near to: The car just shaved the garage door.
8. to purchase (a note) at a rate of discount greater than is legal or customary.
9. to reduce or deduct from (a price).
n.
10. the act, process, or an instance of shaving or being shaved.
11. a thin slice; shaving.
12. any of various tools for shaving, scraping, removing thin slices, etc.
[before 900; (v.) Old English sc(e)afan, c. Middle Dutch, Middle Low German schaven, Old High German schaben, Old Norse skafa to scrape, shave, Gothic skaban to shear]

shave

When a man shaves, he cuts hair from his face using a razor.

He shaved and dressed, and went downstairs.

Be Careful!
Shave is not usually a reflexive verb. You don't normally say that a man 'shaves himself'.

In conversation, you usually say that a man has a shave, rather than that he 'shaves'.

I can't remember when I last had a shave.

Shave can also be used as a transitive verb, meaning that someone removes hair from a particular part of their body using a razor.

Marta had a shower and shaved her legs.
He was starting to go bald, so he decided to shave his head.

shave


Past participle: shaven
Gerund: shaving

Imperative
shave
shave
Present
I shave
you shave
he/she/it shaves
we shave
you shave
they shave
Preterite
I shaved
you shaved
he/she/it shaved
we shaved
you shaved
they shaved
Present Continuous
I am shaving
you are shaving
he/she/it is shaving
we are shaving
you are shaving
they are shaving
Present Perfect
I have shaven
you have shaven
he/she/it has shaven
we have shaven
you have shaven
they have shaven
Past Continuous
I was shaving
you were shaving
he/she/it was shaving
we were shaving
you were shaving
they were shaving
Past Perfect
I had shaven
you had shaven
he/she/it had shaven
we had shaven
you had shaven
they had shaven
Future
I will shave
you will shave
he/she/it will shave
we will shave
you will shave
they will shave
Future Perfect
I will have shaven
you will have shaven
he/she/it will have shaven
we will have shaven
you will have shaven
they will have shaven
Future Continuous
I will be shaving
you will be shaving
he/she/it will be shaving
we will be shaving
you will be shaving
they will be shaving
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been shaving
you have been shaving
he/she/it has been shaving
we have been shaving
you have been shaving
they have been shaving
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been shaving
you will have been shaving
he/she/it will have been shaving
we will have been shaving
you will have been shaving
they will have been shaving
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been shaving
you had been shaving
he/she/it had been shaving
we had been shaving
you had been shaving
they had been shaving
Conditional
I would shave
you would shave
he/she/it would shave
we would shave
you would shave
they would shave
Past Conditional
I would have shaven
you would have shaven
he/she/it would have shaven
we would have shaven
you would have shaven
they would have shaven
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shave - the act of removing hair with a razorshave - the act of removing hair with a razor
depilation, epilation - the act of removing hair (as from an animal skin)
tonsure - shaving the crown of the head by priests or members of a monastic order
Verb1.shave - remove body hair with a razor
razor - shave with a razor
tonsure - shave the head of a newly inducted monk
neaten, groom - care for one's external appearance; "He is always well-groomed"
2.shave - cut closelyshave - cut closely; "trim my beard"  
cut - shorten as if by severing the edges or ends of; "cut my hair"
fleece, shear - shear the wool from; "shear sheep"
3.shave - cut the price of
cut down, reduce, trim back, trim down, cut, cut back, trim, bring down - cut down on; make a reduction in; "reduce your daily fat intake"; "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"
mark down - reduce the price of
4.shave - cut or remove with or as if with a plane; "The machine shaved off fine layers from the piece of wood"
cut - separate with or as if with an instrument; "Cut the rope"
5.shave - make shavings of or reduce to shavings; "shave the radish"
cut up, carve - cut to pieces; "Father carved the ham"
6.shave - touch the surface of lightly; "His back shaved the counter in passing"
crease, graze, rake - scrape gently; "graze the skin"
skive - remove the surface of; "skive leather"

shave

verb
1. trim, cut, crop, barber, snip It's a pity you shaved your moustache off.
2. scrape, plane, trim, shear, whittle, pare I set the log on the ground and shaved off the bark.
3. reduce, lower, slash, decrease, discount, cut down, mark down Supermarket chains have shaved prices.
4. cut, take, remove, lop She's already shaved four seconds off the national record.
5. brush past, touch, graze, kiss, glance off The ball shaved the goalpost.
close shave lucky escape, close call, narrow escape I can't quite believe the close shaves I've had recently.

shave

verb
1. To make light and momentary contact with, as in passing:
2. To make a slight reduction in (a price):
Translations
حِلاقَه، كَشْط، قَشْريَحْلِقيَحْلِقُيَقشُط، يَقْشِريَلْمِس، يَحْتَك بِ
holitholit seoholenídotknout sehoblovat
barberingfilehøvleskrabebarbere (sig)
ajaaajaa partaajella
brijati se
borotválborotvál ásborotválkozik
rakaraksturskafastrjúkast viî
そる剃る
면도하다
radere
drožlėsnudrožtinusiskutęsskustisskutimas
aizķertdrāztēvelētnobrāztskūšana
holenieholiťohobľovaťoholiť
britibriti sebritje
raka (sig)
โกน
tıraştıraş olmaktıraş olmak/etmekyontmakrendelemek
cạo râu

shave

[ʃeɪv] (shaved (vb: pt) (shaved) (shaven (pp)))
A. N to have a shaveafeitarse, rasurarse (esp LAm)
to have a close or narrow shave (fig) → salvarse de milagro or por los pelos
that was a close shave!¡qué poco le ha faltado!, ¡(ha sido) por los pelos!
B. VT [+ person, face] → afeitar, rasurar (esp LAm); [+ wood] → cepillar (fig) (= skim, graze) → pasar rozando
to shave (off) one's beardafeitarse la barba
to shave one's legsafeitarse las piernas
C. VI [person] → afeitarse, rasurarse (esp LAm)
shave off VT + ADV to shave off one's beardafeitarse la barba

shave

[ˈʃeɪv]
vt
[+ person] → raser
to shave one's legs → se raser les jambes
to get shaved → se raser
(= plane) [+ wood] → raboter
[+ prices, profits] → réduire
vise raser
n
(lit) to have a shave → se raser
to give sb a shave → raser qn
(fig) to have a close shave → l'échapper belle
That was a close shave! → On l'a échappé belle!
shave off
vt sep
[+ beard, hair] → raser
(= plane) [+ wood] → raboter
(= cut) to shave a few seconds off the record → battre le record de quelques secondes

shave

vb: pret <shaved>, ptp <shaved or shaven>
nRasur f; to have a shavesich rasieren; (at a barber’s) → sich rasieren lassen; this new razor gives you a good shavedieser neue Rasierapparat rasiert gut; a close shave (lit)eine glatte Rasur; to have a close shave (fig)gerade noch davonkommen, mit knapper Not davonkommen, gerade noch Glück haben; that was a close shavedas war knapp
vt face, legsrasieren; leather(ab)falzen; woodhobeln; (= graze)streifen
vi (person)sich rasieren; (razor) → rasieren, schneiden

shave

[ʃeɪv]
1. n to have a shavefarsi la barba
to have a close shave (fig) → cavarsela per un pelo
2. vt (person, legs, head) → radere, rasare; (wood) → piallare (fig) (graze) → sfiorare, rasentare
to shave off one's beard → tagliarsi la barba
3. vi (person) → farsi la barba, radersi, sbarbarsi

shave

(ʃeiv) verb
1. to cut away (hair) from (usually oneself) with a razor. He only shaves once a week.
2. (sometimes with off) to scrape or cut away (the surface of wood etc). The joiner shaved a thin strip off the edge of the door.
3. to touch lightly in passing. The car shaved the wall.
noun
(the result of) an act of shaving.
ˈshaven adjective
shaved. He was dark and clean- shaven.
ˈshavings noun plural
very thin strips especially of wood. The glasses were packed in wood shavings.

shave

يَحْلِقُ holit se barbere (sig) rasieren ξυρίζομαι afeitarse ajaa parta raser brijati se rasare 剃る 면도하다 scheren barbere (seg) golić fazer a barba бриться raka (sig) โกน tıraş olmak cạo râu 剃须

shave

v. afeitar; afeitarse.

shave

vt, vi afeitar(se)
References in classic literature ?
He understood his business; for when a sword left his hand one could shave himself with it.
Well, here she comes, and we said she was going to try and shave us; but she didn't seem to be sheering off a bit.
Would you wish me to shave my head and black my face, or disfigure myself with a burn, or a scald, or something of that sort?
And thou,'' he said to Wamba, ``whose folly could overreach the wisdom of idiots yet more gross than thyself I will give thee holy orders I will shave thy crown for thee
You're doing well, my friend," he said to the fellow with the bandaged head, "and if ever any person had a close shave, it was you; your head must be as hard as iron.
He took them out of their cases, and told us, that in his own country his practice was to shave his beard with one of these, and cut his meat with the other.
Thou wilt look well," said Don Quixote, "but thou must shave thy beard often, for thou hast it so thick and rough and unkempt, that if thou dost not shave it every second day at least, they will see what thou art at the distance of a musket shot.
And I had long since thought to shave your ears," replied Little John.
Look you here, sentry, and you shall see how I came and how close a shave I had to not coming at all," I answered, turning toward the edge of the roof, where, twenty feet below, at the end of my strap, hung all my weapons.
There is not even a toilet glass on my table, and I had to get the little shaving glass from my bag before I could either shave or brush my hair.
Well; I shall rent a room in some respectable house, wear a decent coat, shave every day, and go and read the papers in a cafe.
We can only shave our heads for them and wring the tears from our cheeks.