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scavenge

verb scav·enge \ˈska-vənj, -vinj\

of an animal : to search for food to eat

: to search through waste, junk, etc., for something that can be saved or used

scav·engedscav·eng·ing

Full Definition of SCAVENGE

transitive verb
1
a (1) :  to remove (as dirt or refuse) from an area (2) :  to clean away dirt or refuse from :  cleanse <scavenge a street>
b :  to feed on (carrion or refuse)
2
a :  to remove (burned gases) from the cylinder of an internal combustion engine after a working stroke
b :  to remove (as an undesirable constituent) from a substance or region by chemical or physical means
c :  to clean and purify (molten metal) by taking up foreign elements in chemical union
3
:  to salvage from discarded or refuse material; also :  to salvage usable material from
intransitive verb
:  to work or act as a scavenger
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Examples of SCAVENGE

  1. Rats scavenged in the trash.
  2. The bears scavenged the woods for food.
  3. He scavenged the town dump for automobile parts.

Origin of SCAVENGE

back-formation from scavenger
First Known Use: circa 1644
SCAVENGING Defined for Kids

scavenge

verb scav·enge \ˈska-vənj\
scav·engedscav·eng·ing

Definition of SCAVENGE for Kids

:  to search through and collect usable items especially from what has been thrown away

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