American English

Definition of scavenge verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scavenge
    he / she / it scavenges
    past simple scavenged
    -ing form scavenging
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] (of a person, an animal or a bird) to search through waste for things that can be used or eaten scavenge something (from something) Much of their furniture was scavenged from other people's garbage. scavenge (through something) (for something) Dogs scavenged through the trash cans for something to eat.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] (of animals or birds) to eat dead animals that have been killed by another animal, by a car, etc. scavenge something Crows scavenge carrion left on the roads. scavenge (on something) Some animals scavenge on dead fish in the wild.
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