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dig

play
verb \ ˈdig \

Definition of dig

dug play \ˈdəg\; digging
transitive verb
1 a :to break up, turn, or loosen (earth) with an implement
  • digging dirt with a shovel
  • machines digging up the road
b :to prepare the soil of
  • dig a garden
2 a :to bring to the surface by digging :unearth
  • dig potatoes
b :to bring to light or out of hiding
  • dig up facts
3 :to hollow out or form by removing earth :excavate
  • dig a hole
  • dig a tunnel
4 :to drive down so as to penetrate :thrust
  • dug her toes into the sand
  • The hawk dug its claws into its prey.
5 :poke, prod
  • dug me in the ribs with his elbow
6 slang
a :to pay attention to :notice
  • dig that fancy hat
b :understand, appreciate
  • couldn't dig the medical jargon
c :like, admire
  • High school students dig short poetry.
  • —David Burmester
intransitive verb
1 :to turn up, loosen, or remove earth
  • digging in the garden
  • dig for buried treasure
2 :to work hard or laboriously
3 :to advance by or as if by removing or pushing aside material
  • digging into the history of the company

Examples of dig in a Sentence

  1. Some animal has been digging in the garden.

  2. They dug into the sand with their hands.

  3. He dug down about 10 feet before he hit water.

  4. Dig a hole three feet deep.

  5. The first step in building a house is to dig the foundation.

  6. The prisoners escaped by digging a tunnel under the fence.

  7. digging clams on the beach

  8. These detectives won't stop digging until they find out what happened.

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Origin and Etymology of dig

Middle English diggen

dig Synonyms

Synonyms
excavate, shovel
Antonyms
miss
Related Words
dredge; burrow, claw, grub; dig in; scoop, spade; delve; mine, quarry
Near Antonyms
fill (in); smooth (out or over)

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dig

noun

Definition of dig

1 a :thrust, poke
  • a dig in the ribs
b :a cutting remark
  • a subtle dig at their lack of preparedness
2 digs plural
a :accommodations (see accommodation 1a) for living or working
  • buying furniture for his new digs
b chiefly British :lodging 2b
3 :an archaeological excavation site; also :the excavation itself
  • participated in a dig

Examples of dig in a Sentence

  1. She gave me a dig in the ribs to get my attention.

  2. She participated in a dig last summer.

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Origin and Etymology of dig

see 1dig

dig Synonyms


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dig

abbreviation

Definition of dig

digest


DIG Defined for English Language Learners

dig

play
verb

Definition of dig for English Language Learners

  • : to move soil, sand, snow, etc., in order to create a hole

  • : to form (a hole, tunnel, etc.) by removing soil, sand, snow, etc.

  • : to uncover (something that is underground) by moving earth, soil, sand, etc.


dig

noun

Definition of dig for English Language Learners

  • : a push with a body part (such as your elbow) : a poke or thrust

  • : a criticism or insult that is directed toward a particular person or group

  • : a place where scientists try to find buried objects by digging; also : the act of digging for buried objects


DIG Defined for Kids

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dig

play
verb \ ˈdig \

Definition of dig for Students

dug \ˈdəg\; digging
1 :to turn up, loosen, or remove the soil
  • The dog was digging in the garden again.
2 :to turn up or remove with a shovel or by similar means
  • I dug into the snow.
3 :to form by removing earth
  • dig a hole
  • dig a cellar
4 :to uncover or search by or as if by turning up earth
  • They dug for gold.
5 :1prod 1, poke
  • He dug me in the ribs.
dig in
:to begin eating
  • Supper's ready, so dig in.
dig into
1 :to begin eating
  • He dug into a plate of pasta.
2 :to try to discover information
  • Reporters were digging into the story.
dig up
1 :to uncover or remove (as from soil)
  • dig up a bush
2 :discover
  • I dug up information about her past.

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dig

noun

Definition of dig for Students

1 :2poke
  • a dig in the ribs
2 :a place where buried objects are being uncovered
  • a dinosaur dig
3 :a project to uncover buried objects
  • The bones were found during a recent dig.
4 :a nasty remark
  • She got in a dig about forgetting her birthday.


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