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Definition of dredge verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dredge
    he / she / it dredges
    past simple dredged
    -ing form dredging
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] dredge (something) (for something) to remove mud, stones, etc. from the bottom of a river, canal, etc. using a boat or special machine, to make it deeper or to search for something They're dredging the harbor so that larger ships can use it. They dredge the bay for gravel.
  2. 2[transitive] dredge something (up) (from something) to bring something up from the bottom of a river, etc. using a boat or special machine waste dredged (up) from the seabed
  3. 3[transitive] dredge something in/with something to cover food lightly with sugar, flour, etc. Dredge the top of the cake with confectioner's sugar.
  4. Phrasal Verbsdredge somethingup
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