carve [ karv ] verb *
1. ) intransitive or transitive to make an object by cutting it from stone or wood:
He carved a statue of her out of an old log.
a ) transitive to produce a pattern or writing on the surface of something by cutting it:
She carved his name on her school desk.
2. ) intransitive or transitive to cut a large piece of cooked meat into thin pieces before serving it
3. ) transitive if wind, a river, etc. carves something in the land, it produces it over a period of many years:
The river has carved a series of spectacular gorges.
,carve `out phrasal verb transitive
to develop a career or position for yourself by working hard
,carve `up phrasal verb transitive
1. ) to divide something such as land between different people or countries, especially in a way that seems unfair
2. ) INFORMAL to attack and cut someone with a knife
3. ) BRITISH INFORMAL to drive past another car that is traveling in the same direction as you and then move in front of it too soon

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.