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

      

    dig

     verb
    verb
    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
     
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  1. 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. 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. 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. 4[transitive] dig something (old-fashioned, slang) to approve of or like something very much
  5. 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
      dig deep (into something)
       
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    1. 1to search thoroughly for information You'll need to dig deep into the records to find the figures you want.
    2. 2to try hard to provide the money, equipment, etc. that is needed We're asking you to dig deep for the earthquake victims.
    to refuse to do something or to change your mind about something They dug in their heels and would not lower the price.
    dig (deep) in/into your pocket(s), savings, etc.
     
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    to spend a lot of your own money on something
    dig somebody in the ribs
     
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    to push your finger or your elbow into somebody’s side, especially to attract their attention
    dig your own grave, dig a grave for yourself
     
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    to do something that will have very harmful results for you
    dig yourself into a hole
     
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    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 out somebodydig somethingoverdig somethingupdig yourself in
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