verb (1)
\ ˈdrej How to pronounce dredge (audio) \
dredged; dredging

Definition of dredge

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to dig, gather, or pull out with or as if with a dredge (see dredge entry 2) dredging oysters in the bay often used with up dredge up silt from the canal bottom
b civil engineering : to deepen (a waterway) with a machine that removes earth usually by buckets on an endless chain or a suction tube : to deepen with a dredge (see dredge entry 2 sense 2)
2 : to bring to light by deep searching often used with up dredging up memories

intransitive verb

1 : to use a dredge dredging for oysters
2 : to search deeply



Definition of dredge (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : an apparatus usually in the form of an oblong iron frame with an attached bag net used especially for gathering fish and shellfish
2 civil engineering : a machine for removing earth usually by buckets on an endless chain or a suction tube
3 nautical : a barge used in dredging


verb (2)
dredged; dredging

Definition of dredge (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to coat by sprinkling (as with flour) dredge the chicken in flour The fish is dredged with a cornmeal mixture and fried.

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Examples of dredge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Aaron Rodgers appeared to be caught off guard Monday after a contestant took the opportunity to dredge up a painful memory from the Green Bay Packers quarterback's past. NBC News, "'Jeopardy!' contestant trolls guest host Aaron Rodgers about NFC Championship loss," 6 Apr. 2021 Bernard Schulte said the team was also waiting for the arrival of additional equipment to dredge the canal's seafloor. Jon Gambrell And Samy Magdy, The Christian Science Monitor, "Can more tugboats and a 'king tide' free Suez Canal ship?," 28 Mar. 2021 Viewers could dredge up contestants’ fishy history, or turn onscreen heroes into villains with a single screenshot. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "When the Fantasy of The Bachelor Finally Met Reality," 28 Mar. 2021 The sea has continued to dredge up tar onto Israel's beaches almost two weeks after the disaster hit. Fox News, "Israel suspects Iran connection to Mediterranean oil spill," 4 Mar. 2021 Renville County officials last week approved a project to dredge a roughly one-mile section of Limbo Creek's marshy upper reaches to improve drainage from surrounding fields. Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, "Creek or a ditch? The fight over Limbo Creek could change the fate of hundreds of Minnesota waterways," 7 Nov. 2020 Stuck recycling the same ideas and producing the same franchises, Hollywood is now looking to podcasts, news articles, and even songs and paintings to dredge up stories that could be hits with global audiences. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "The company using robots and fan input to pitch stories to Hollywood," 27 Feb. 2021 Season the chicken pieces on both sides with the cumin-salt mixture and then dredge in flour. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, "Give chicken piccata a spin with brown butter and fresh mandarins," 5 Feb. 2021 Docking at Violet would avoid the height restriction imposed by the Crescent City Connection, and benefit from the current Army Corps of Engineers program to dredge the river to a depth of 50 feet. Richard Campanella, NOLA.com, "acquisition of 1,100 acres," 1 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And those warnings reached HRK Holdings, the private company that bought the site and planned to make millions from storing dredge material. sun-sentinel.com, "Failure at Piney Point: Florida let environmental risk fester despite warnings," 17 Apr. 2021 The water that is currently being pumped out by officials to avoid a full collapse is a mix of sea water from a local dredge project, storm water and rain runoff. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Toxic wastewater reservoir on verge of collapse in Florida could cause "catastrophic event"," 6 Apr. 2021 The water being discharged is mostly seawater from the Port Manatee dredge project, process water and storm water, officials said. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, "Amid wastewater overflow threat, Florida officials urge residents to heed evacuation orders," 4 Apr. 2021 Others will work cornmeal or corn flour into their dredge. Jack Hennessy, Outdoor Life, "How to Fry Fish: The Ultimate Guide on Everything from Oil Temperature to Batter Recipes," 2 Mar. 2021 The changes were more pronounced in cities located in slightly inland estuaries, where a dredge channel deepens the waterway most dramatically. Philip Kiefer, Popular Science, "Humans are altering Earth’s tides, and not just through climate change," 8 Mar. 2021 The Ramsey County Board approved a nearly $16 million plan to build a series of wildlife-nurturing islands in Pigs Eye Lake in St. Paul, using dredge material excavated from the Mississippi River. Shannon Prather, Star Tribune, "Ramsey County says yes to man-made islands in Pigs Eye Lake," 16 Feb. 2021 Remove from bowl and form into 1-inch discs, dredge in garbanzo flour and set aside. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Encina chef Matt Balke shares his vegan recipe for a twist on falafel," 1 Feb. 2021 Bill Dowell, a spokesperson for the Army Corps, said the agency has not broken the terms of the settlement by carefully choosing to place the dredge material on Park Point. Katie Galioto, Star Tribune, "Duluth dredging project dumped 1970s metal shards on Park Point beach," 22 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of dredge

Verb (1)

1508, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1596, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dredge

Noun and Verb (1)

perhaps from Old English *drecge; akin to Old English dræge dragnet, dragan to draw

Verb (2)

obsolete dredge, noun, sweetmeat, from Middle English drage, drege, from Anglo-French dragee, modification of Latin tragemata sweetmeats, from Greek tragēmata, plural of tragēma sweetmeat, from trōgein to gnaw

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2 May 2021

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“Dredge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dredge. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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\ ˈdrej How to pronounce dredge (audio) \
dredged; dredging

Kids Definition of dredge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to dig or gather with or as if with a device dragged along the bottom of a body of water dredged the river dredging for oysters

Other Words from dredge

dredger noun



Kids Definition of dredge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a heavy iron frame with a net attached to be dragged along the bottom of a body of water
2 : a machine or boat used in dragging along the bottom of a body of water
3 : a machine for removing earth usually by buckets on an endless chain or by a suction tube

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