Meaning of shave

shave

Pronunciation: (shāv), [key]
— v., n. shaved, shaved shav•en, shav•ing,
—v.i.
  1. to remove a growth of beard with a razor.
—v.t.
  1. to remove hair from (the face, legs, etc.) by cutting it off close to the skin with a razor.
  2. to cut off (hair, esp. the beard) close to the skin with a razor (often fol. by off or away).
  3. to cut or scrape away the surface of with a sharp-edged tool: to shave hides in preparing leather.
  4. to reduce to shavings or thin slices: to shave wood.
  5. to cut or trim closely: to shave a lawn.
  6. to scrape, graze, or come very near to: The car just shaved the garage door.
  7. to purchase (a note) at a rate of discount greater than is legal or customary.
  8. to reduce or deduct from: The store shaved the price of winter suits in the spring.
—n.
  1. the act, process, or an instance of shaving or being shaved.
  2. a thin slice; shaving.
  3. any of various tools for shaving, scraping, removing thin slices, etc.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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