Meaning of SHAVE in English

I. shave 1 S3 /ʃeɪv/ BrE AmE verb

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: scafan ]

1 . [intransitive and transitive] to cut off hair very close to the skin, especially from the face, using a ↑ razor :

He hadn’t shaved for days.

Brian had cut himself shaving.

shave your head/legs/armpits etc

She shaved her legs and underarms.

2 . [transitive] to remove very thin pieces from the surface of something:

Shave thin strips of cheese over the pasta.

shave something ↔ off phrasal verb

1 . to remove hair by shaving:

I’ve decided to shave off my beard.

2 . ( also shave something off something ) to remove very thin pieces from the surface of something, using a knife or other cutting tool:

I had to shave a few millimetres off the bottom of the door to make it shut.

3 . ( also shave something off something ) if you shave a small amount off something such as a price or a record, you make the price slightly smaller or the record time slightly shorter:

She shaved half a second off the world record.

II. shave 2 BrE AmE noun [countable usually singular]

1 . if a man has a shave, he cuts off the hair on his face close to his skin using a ↑ razor :

He looked as if he needed a shave.

have a shave British English :

I’ll just have a shave before we go.

2 . a close shave a situation in which you only just avoid an accident or something bad SYN narrow escape :

Phew, that was a close shave.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.