- 1[intransitive, transitive] to make a hole in the ground or to move soil from one place to another using your hands, a tool, or a machine dig (for something) to dig for coal/gold/Roman remains They dug deeper and deeper but still found nothing. I think I'll do some digging in the garden. dig something to dig a ditch/grave/hole/tunnel
- 2[transitive] dig something to remove something from the ground with a tool I'll dig some potatoes for lunch.
- 3[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to search in something in order to find an object in something I dug around in my bag for a pen.
- 4[transitive] dig something (old-fashioned) (slang) to approve of or like something very much Idioms
- 1to search thoroughly for information You'll need to dig deep into the records to find the figures you want.
- 2to try hard to provide the money, equipment, etc. that is needed We're asking you to dig deep for the earthquake victims.
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NAmE//dɪɡ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dig
he / she / it digs
past simple dug
-ing form digging
dig deep (into something)jump to other results
to refuse to do something or to change your mind about something They dug in their heels and would not lower the price.
dig your heels/toes injump to other results
to spend a lot of your own money on something
dig (deep) in/into your pocket(s), savings, etc.jump to other results
to push your finger or your elbow into someone's side, especially to attract their attention
dig somebody in the ribsjump to other results
to do something that will have very harmful results for you
dig your own grave, dig a grave for yourselfjump to other results
to get yourself into a bad situation that will be very difficult to get out of Phrasal Verbsdig indig somethingindig into somethingdig something into somethingdig somebody/somethingout (of something)dig somethingoverdig somethingupdig yourself in
dig yourself into a holejump to other results