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.
Recent Examples of scavenge from the Web
Givens' victim, Dorothy Mae Bankston, 39, was found dead in a canal off Almonaster Road by three boys scavenging for crawfish a month after her mother reported her missing.
Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton), aka the Vulture, scavenges the wreckage of superhero battles.
Reports of homeless camps, poor trash bin conditions, fluid spills, scavenging and issues with truck drivers or trash collection employees take the longest.
Two-way big men don’t grow on trees, but Daryl Morey is smart enough to scavenge the jungle floor.
Bald eagles have been observed feeding on small mammals, but their primary prey are fish, scavenged carrion, or prey stolen from other animals.
Paul quickly finds Will (Christopher Abbott), a young father scavenging for his family, outside the house and takes him in, along with his wife Kim (Riley Keough) and their young child.
This works pretty much the way Ars reported in 2015: team up with other online players to scavenge nearby resources, build barriers and traps, and shoot guns at waves of the undead.
In some parts of the country, schools had to, and still do, close to allow pupils to scavenge for food.
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Origin and Etymology of scavenge
back-formation from scavenger
First Known Use: circa 1644See Words from the same year
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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