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

     

    dredge

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    verb
    BrE BrE//dredʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dredʒ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dredge
    BrE BrE//dredʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dredʒ//
     
    he / she / it dredges
    BrE BrE//ˈdredʒɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdredʒɪz//
     
    past simple dredged
    BrE BrE//dredʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dredʒd//
     
    past participle dredged
    BrE BrE//dredʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dredʒd//
     
    -ing form dredging
    BrE BrE//ˈdredʒɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdredʒɪŋ//
     
    Rivers and lakes, Coastlines and the sea, Travelling by boat or ship
     
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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 harbour so that larger ships can use it. They dredge the bay for gravel. See related entries: Rivers and lakes, Coastlines and the sea, Travelling by boat or ship
  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 icing sugar.
  4. Word Origin senses 1 to 2 late 15th cent. (as a noun; originally in dredge-boat): perhaps related to Middle Dutch dregghe ‘grappling hook’. sense 3 late 16th cent.: from obsolete dredge ‘sweetmeat, mixture of spices’, from Old French dragie, perhaps via Latin from Greek tragēmata ‘spices’. Compare with dragée. Phrasal Verbsdredge somethingup
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