v. sculpt·ed, sculpt·ing, sculpts
1. To fashion (stone, wood, or bronze, for example) into a sculpture.
2. To represent in sculpture: sculpted a lion.
3. To shape, mold, or fashion especially with artistry or precision: “Zoning is a blunt instrument that can at best shape but should not try to sculpt cities” (H. Claude Shostal).
To make sculptures or a sculpture.
[French sculpter, from Old French, from Latin sculpere, sculpt-, to carve; see SCULPTURE.]
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