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shave

[ sheyv ]
/ ʃeɪv /
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verb (used without object), shaved, shaved or (especially in combination) shav·en, shav·ing.

to remove a growth of beard with a razor.

verb (used with object), shaved, shaved or (especially in combination) shav·en, shav·ing.

noun

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Origin of shave

before 900; (v.) Middle English schaven, schafen,Old English sc(e)afan; cognate with Dutch schaven to plane (a plank), abrade (the skin), Low German schaven,German schaben,Old Norse skafa to scrape, Gothic skaban to shear, shave; (noun) Middle English schave tool for shaving, Old English sc(e)afa, derivative of the v.
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British Dictionary definitions for shave

shave
/ (ʃeɪv) /

verb shaves, shaving, shaved, shaved or shaven (mainly tr)

noun

shavable or shaveable, adjective
Old English sceafan; related to Old Norse skafa, Gothic skaban to shave, Latin scabere to scrape
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Idioms and Phrases with shave

shave

see close call (shave).

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