\ ˈdig How to pronounce dig (audio) \
dug\ ˈdəg How to pronounce dig (audio) \; digging

Definition of dig

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : 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
2a : 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



Definition of dig (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : 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 sense 1a) for living or working buying furniture for his new digs
b chiefly British : lodging sense 2b
3 : an archaeological excavation site also : the excavation itself participated in a dig

Definition of dig (Entry 3 of 3)


Synonyms for dig

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of dig in a Sentence

Verb Some animal has been digging in the garden. They dug into the sand with their hands. He dug down about 10 feet before he hit water. Dig a hole three feet deep. The first step in building a house is to dig the foundation. The prisoners escaped by digging a tunnel under the fence. digging clams on the beach These detectives won't stop digging until they find out what happened. Noun She gave me a dig in the ribs to get my attention. She participated in a dig last summer. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Taliban fighters circulated in vehicles in the area, but only a few were seen helping dig through rubble. Ebrahim Noroozi, ajc, 23 June 2022 And some people don’t have the physical strength to dig, plant, water and weed a garden—even a small one. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 20 June 2022 That’s the signal to dig and divide or move them to another location. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 19 June 2022 The plan would require a background check for these purchasers, including a pause if more time is needed for investigators to dig through records. Nolan D. Mccaskill And Jennifer Haberkorn, Anchorage Daily News, 12 June 2022 But dig deeper into the 257-page report and the news is grim for the future of Medicare and its 64 million beneficiaries. Howard Gleckman, Forbes, 8 June 2022 The title stands for both Raitt’s and Finn’s own efforts to dig deeply into the musical sources and lived experiences that motivate their music. Robert Knox, BostonGlobe.com, 25 May 2022 In the footage, which was edited and compiled by HPD, another officer had to unzip the bag and dig through it for a moment before locating the firearm inside. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 25 May 2022 With Sengupta gone, Google is left to dig through the wreckage. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 23 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Vindolanda site now has 13 phallic carvings, more than have been discovered at any other dig site along Hadrian's Wall. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 15 June 2022 The episode begins with a sequence detailing Lalo’s elaborate yet invisible method for spying on the laundry atop the Super Lab dig site. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 24 May 2022 Some items under review for return include pottery in the National Museum of Natural History that was sourced from a dig site in Turkey and dates back to the ancient city of Troy. Melissa Noel, Essence, 11 May 2022 Lavina Nethers, 85, lives a short drive from the dig site. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 Marc unsuccessfully tried to save the people at the dig site and was left for dead as punishment. Tracy Brownstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2022 But Rock has not escaped scrutiny, as the joke that triggered Smith’s slap was perceived by Pinkett Smith as a dig at her alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss. Jen Yamato, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2022 Before Davidson deleted his page, Entertainment Tonight reported that the comedian shared a post on his Instagram Story, which many fans saw as a dig at Kanye West, the estranged husband of his girlfriend, Kim Kardashian. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 24 Feb. 2022 No doubt the Global Times comment was meant as a dig at America's chaotic COVID response. Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 7 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dig


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for dig

Verb and Noun

Middle English diggen

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More Definitions for dig


\ ˈdig How to pronounce dig (audio) \
dug\ ˈdəg \; digging

Kids Definition of dig

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 : prod entry 1 sense 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.



Kids Definition of dig (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : poke entry 2 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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