Definition of scavenge
1a (1) : to remove (dirt, refuse, etc.) from an area (2) : to clean away dirt or refuse from : cleanse scavenge a streetb : to feed on (carrion or refuse)
2a : to remove (burned gases) from the cylinder of an internal combustion engine after a working strokeb : to remove (something, such as an undesirable constituent) from a substance or region by chemical or physical meansc : 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
: to work or act as a scavenger
Examples of scavenge in a sentence
Rats scavenged in the trash.
The bears scavenged the woods for food.
He scavenged the town dump for automobile parts.
Origin and Etymology of scavenge
back-formation from scavenger
First Known Use: circa 1644
SCAVENGE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of scavenge for Students
: to search through and collect usable items especially from what has been thrown away
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