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carve out

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  1. carve outverb

    remove from a larger whole

    "the new start-up company carved out a large chunk of the market within a year"

  2. carve outverb

    establish or create through painstaking effort

    "She carved out a reputation among her male colleagues"


  1. carve outverb

    To hollow by carving.

  2. carve outverb

    To create (a reputation, chance, role, rank, career, victory) by hard work.


  1. carve out

    To carve out generally refers to the act of creating or establishing a particular section, space or area by separating, allocating or dedicating resources from a larger whole. This could be in the context of time, physical space or even in business terms where a company might "carve out" a segment of its assets to create a new entity.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of carve out in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of carve out in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of carve out in a Sentence

  1. Jim Manley:

    Her modus operandi has been to hang back and let the process play out. She is playing the long game, i am not sure what the future holds for her, but I think she is determined to carve out a role within the party for many years to come.

  2. V Naipaul:

    Most people are not really free. They are confined by the niche in the world that they carve out for themselves. They limit themselves to fewer possibilities by the narrowness of their vision.

  3. Jeff Davidson:

    Considering all that competes for your time and attention, if you don’t actively take steps to simplify your life and carve out what I call “breathing space,” you will most certainly find yourself in a perpetual state of overwhelm.

  4. James Thornton:

    Before the creation of the welfare state, immigrants who came to this country were for the most part attracted by America’s reputation as a land of freedom and opportunity. Laws and customs that then prevailed required immigrants to carve out their individual destinies by their own labor, perseverance, intelligence, and determination.

  5. Rupert Svendsen-Cook:

    We don't actually have a race. We go head-to-head. It's 16 drivers with a bracket league and knock-out rounds to a finale head-to-head, we had to carve out or own format and identity because it's quite messy already, so many series.

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