ditch

noun
\ ˈdich How to pronounce ditch (audio) \

Definition of ditch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long narrow excavation dug in the earth (as for drainage)

ditch

verb
ditched; ditching; ditches

Definition of ditch (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to surround with a long narrow cavity in the earth : to enclose with a ditch (see ditch entry 1) The pasture was hedged and ditched.
b : to dig a ditch in
2 aviation : to make a forced landing of (an airplane) on water successfully ditched the plane
3a : to get rid of : discard ditch an old car had to ditch their plan
b : to end association with : leave ditched school His girlfriend ditched him.

intransitive verb

1 : to dig a ditch
2 aviation : to crash-land at sea

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Synonyms for ditch

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of ditch in a Sentence

Noun He drove the car into the ditch. after skidding on the ice, our car went right into the ditch Verb The thief ditched the purse in an alley. They ditched the car in a vacant lot. They ditched me at the concert.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The men made a last-ditch effort to avert the vote after popular former cabinet minister Gideon Sa’ar bolted Likud earlier this month to form his own party. Time, "Netanyahu’s Coalition Government Collapses After Budget Bill Failure – Triggering Israel’s 4th Election in 2 Years," 23 Dec. 2020 The men made a last-ditch effort to avert the vote after popular former cabinet minister Gideon Sa’ar bolted Likud earlier this month to form his own party. Ivan Levingston, Bloomberg.com, "Israel Heads to Fourth Vote in Two Years Over Budget Crisis," 22 Dec. 2020 The good thing is, with most of us keeping away from each other, digital gifts won't be seen as a last-ditch effort this year. Louryn Strampe, Wired, "A Procrastinator’s Guide to Super Last-Minute Gift Ideas (and Excuses)," 22 Dec. 2020 Ochoa left the net empty for a last-ditch effort as América pummeled crosses into the LAFC box. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "LAFC beats Club América to reach CCL final in Orlando," 20 Dec. 2020 Unions and workers’ rights and consumer advocacy groups are this week waging a last-ditch effort to get Congress to extend the program into 2021. oregonlive, "COVID-19 pandemic paid sick leave program expires Dec. 31 if Congress doesn’t act," 18 Dec. 2020 A week after that, she was put on a ventilator in a last-ditch effort to save her life. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Friday, December 18," 18 Dec. 2020 Unions and workers’ rights and consumer advocacy groups are this week waging a last-ditch effort to get Congress to extend the program into 2021. Fortune, "Worker advocates push to extend COVID-related emergency paid leave program," 18 Dec. 2020 But Facebook is making a last-ditch effort to persuade Apple to back off or compromise with industry standard-setters. NBC News, "Facebook and Apple are in a fight. Your browsing history is in the middle.," 17 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some may ditch the formal red suit for vests and rolled up sleeves, since Santa is presumably calling from the North Pole and running a toy workshop full of busy elves. Joseph Pisani, chicagotribune.com, "Here comes Santa Claus — with face masks and plexiglass," 16 Nov. 2020 For extra snow removal power when winter storms hit, ditch your skinny ice scraper in favor of a snow broom. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "5 Top-Rated Snow Brooms to Help You Clear Off Your Car in One Quick Sweep," 17 Dec. 2020 Some may ditch the formal red suit for vests and rolled up sleeves, since Santa is presumably calling from the North Pole and running a toy workshop full of busy elves. Joseph Pisani, chicagotribune.com, "Here comes Santa Claus — with face masks and plexiglass," 16 Nov. 2020 Some may ditch the formal red suit for vests and rolled up sleeves, since Santa is presumably calling from the North Pole and running a toy workshop full of busy elves. Joseph Pisani, Star Tribune, "Here comes Santa Claus — with face masks and plexiglass," 15 Nov. 2020 One of my favorite features with the speakers is setting them up to ditch the soundbar and use as left and right TV speakers. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "You just got a smart speaker as a holiday present. Here's what you need to know.," 26 Dec. 2020 It was recorded before the British government decided last weekend to ditch its plans for a five-day easing of coronavirus restrictions around Christmastime. Pan Pylas, ajc, "Queen Elizabeth pays tribute to 'kindness of strangers'," 25 Dec. 2020 Female Texas spiny lizards nest on the ground and ditch their eggs after hiding them. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "Texas spiny lizard not as famous as the Texas horned lizard or horny toad, but is a master of disguise with real spunk," 22 Dec. 2020 Keep the festive vibe but ditch the dishes without guilt. Casey Barber, CNN, "Celebrate small rituals for Christmas and make it special without the big gathering," 22 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of ditch

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for ditch

Noun and Verb

Middle English dich, from Old English dīc dike, ditch; akin to Middle High German tīch pond, dike

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Time Traveler for ditch

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The first known use of ditch was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

30 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ditch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ditch. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for ditch

ditch

noun
How to pronounce ditch (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ditch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long narrow hole that is dug along a road, field, etc., and used to hold or move water

ditch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ditch (Entry 2 of 2)

informal : to stop having or using (something you no longer want or need) : to get rid of (something)
informal : to end a relationship with (someone)
US, informal : to get away from (someone you do not want to be with) without saying that you are leaving

ditch

noun
\ ˈdich How to pronounce ditch (audio) \

Kids Definition of ditch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long narrow channel or trench dug in the earth

ditch

verb
ditched; ditching

Kids Definition of ditch (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to get rid of : discard He ditched the old car.
2 : to end a relationship with She ditched her friends.

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