- 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 (British English) I've been digging the garden. See related entries: Gardening
- 2[transitive] dig something to remove something from the ground with a tool I'll dig some potatoes for lunch. See related entries: Gardening
- 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 Word Origin Middle English: perhaps from Old English dīc ‘ditch’.Extra examples He was unwilling to dig into Sylvia’s past. I could feel the teeth dig into my skin. I spent the afternoon digging the garden. They were digging for buried treasure. We found ourselves digging through solid clay. We’ll have to dig deep to get at the roots. a freshly dug grave digging the foundations of a new hotelIdioms
- 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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BrE BrE//dɪɡ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪɡ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dig
BrE BrE//dɪɡ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪɡ//he / she / it digs
BrE BrE//dɪɡz//; NAmE NAmE//dɪɡz//past simple dug
BrE BrE//dʌɡ//; NAmE NAmE//dʌɡ//past participle dug
BrE BrE//dʌɡ//; NAmE NAmE//dʌɡ//-ing form digging
BrE BrE//ˈdɪɡɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪɡɪŋ//Gardening