I. verb (shaved; shaved or shaven; shaving) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English scafan; akin to Lithuanian skobti to pluck, Latin scabere to scratch, and perhaps to Greek koptein to cut — more at capon Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to remove a thin layer from b. to cut off in thin layers or shreds ; slice c. to cut off closely 2. a. to sever the hair from (the head or another part of the body) close to the roots b. to cut off (hair or beard) close to the skin 3. a. to discount (a note) at an exorbitant rate b. deduct, reduce c. to conspire to score fewer (points) than one is capable of (as to affect gambling outcomes) 4. to come close to or touch lightly in passing intransitive verb 1. to cut off hair or beard close to the skin 2. to proceed with difficulty ; scrape II. noun Date: before 12th century 1. shaver 3 2. a thin slice ; shaving 3. an act or the process of shaving

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

(close to the surface) / (as by cutting off hair closely), / , / , , , , (by extortion) / , , (in passing over)

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  • Shave — Shave, v. t. [imp. {Shaved} (sh[=a]vd);p. p. {Shaved} or {Shaven} (sh[=a]v n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Shaving}.] [OE. shaven, schaven, AS. scafan, sceafan; akin to D. schaven, G. schaben, Icel. skafa, Sw. skafva, Dan. skave, Goth. scaban, Russ. kopate… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shave — Shave, n. [AS. scafa, sceafa, a sort of knife. See {Shave}, v. t.] 1. A thin slice; a shaving. Wright. [1913 Webster] 2. A cutting of the beard; the operation of shaving. [1913 Webster] 3. (a) An exorbitant discount on a note. [Cant, U.S.] (b) A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shave — [shāv] vt. shaved, shaved or shaven, shaving [ME schaven < OE sceafan, akin to Ger schaben < IE base * (s)kab , to cut > L scabere, to shave] 1. to cut or scrape away a thin slice or slices from [to shave the edge of a door] 2. to cut or …   English World dictionary

  • Shave — (sh[=a]v), obs. p. p. of {Shave}. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] His beard was shave as nigh as ever he can. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shave — may refer fo: * to shave refers to the act of shaving * Shave, a song by Enon from their 2003 album Hocus Pocus …   Wikipedia

  • Shave — Shave, v. i. To use a razor for removing the beard; to cut closely; hence, to be hard and severe in a bargain; to practice extortion; to cheat. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shave — index decrease, minimize Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • shave — vb *brush, graze, glance, skim Analogous words: touch, contact (see corresponding nouns at CONTACT): *escape, avoid …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • shave — The verb has a past form and past participle shaved, but the adjectival form is normally shaven, as in clean shaven …   Modern English usage

  • shave — [v] cut outer covering off barber, brush, clip, crop, cut, cut back, cut down, decorticate, graze, kiss, make bare, pare, peel, plane, prune, shear, shingle, shred, skim, skin, slash, slice thin, sliver, strip, touch, trim; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • shave — ► VERB 1) cut the hair off one s face with a razor. 2) cut the hair off (part of the body) with a razor. 3) cut (a thin slice or slices) off something. 4) reduce by a small amount. 5) pass or send something very close to. ► NOUN 1) …   English terms dictionary

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