scavenge

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verb scav·enge \ ˈska-vənj , -vinj \

Definition of scavenge

scavenged; scavenging
transitive verb
1 a (1) :to remove (dirt, refuse, etc.) 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 (something, such 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

Examples of scavenge in a Sentence

  1. Rats scavenged in the trash.

  2. The bears scavenged the woods for food.

  3. He scavenged the town dump for automobile parts.

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Origin and Etymology of scavenge

back-formation from scavenger


SCAVENGE Defined for English Language Learners

scavenge

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Definition of scavenge for English Language Learners

  • of an animal : to search for food to eat

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


SCAVENGE Defined for Kids

scavenge

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verb scav·enge \ ˈska-vənj \

Definition of scavenge for Students

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

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