- 1[transitive, intransitive] to dig holes in the ground in order to find and obtain coal, diamonds, etc. mine something (for something) The area has been mined for slate for centuries. Uranium is mined from deep underground. mine (for something) They were mining for gold.
- 2[transitive] mine something to place mines below the surface of an area of land or water; to destroy a vehicle with mines The coastal route had been mined. The UN convoy was mined on its way to the border. Word Originverb late Middle English: from Old French mine (noun), miner (verb), perhaps of Celtic origin; compare with Welsh mwyn
BrE BrE//maɪn//; NAmE NAmE//maɪn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mine
BrE BrE//maɪn//; NAmE NAmE//maɪn//he / she / it mines
BrE BrE//maɪnz//; NAmE NAmE//maɪnz//past simple mined
BrE BrE//maɪnd//; NAmE NAmE//maɪnd//past participle mined
BrE BrE//maɪnd//; NAmE NAmE//maɪnd//-ing form mining
BrE BrE//ˈmaɪnɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmaɪnɪŋ//