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Definition of delve verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

delve

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//delv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//delv//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they delve
BrE BrE//delv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//delv//
 
he / she / it delves
BrE BrE//delvz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//delvz//
 
past simple delved
BrE BrE//delvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//delvd//
 
past participle delved
BrE BrE//delvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//delvd//
 
-ing form delving
BrE BrE//ˈdelvɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdelvɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] + adv./prep. to search for something inside a bag, container, etc. synonym dig She delved in her handbag for a pen. Word Origin Old English delfan ‘dig’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch delven. Phrasal Verbsdelve into something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: delve

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