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

     

    scavenge

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈskævɪndʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskævɪndʒ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scavenge
    BrE BrE//ˈskævɪndʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskævɪndʒ//
     
    he / she / it scavenges
    BrE BrE//ˈskævɪndʒɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskævɪndʒɪz//
     
    past simple scavenged
    BrE BrE//ˈskævɪndʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskævɪndʒd//
     
    past participle scavenged
    BrE BrE//ˈskævɪndʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskævɪndʒd//
     
    -ing form scavenging
    BrE BrE//ˈskævɪndʒɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskævɪndʒɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] (of a person, an animal or a bird) to search through waste for things that can be used or eaten scavenge something (from something) Much of their furniture was scavenged from other people's garbage. scavenge (through something) (for something) Dogs and foxes scavenged through the trash cans for something to eat.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] (of animals or birds) to eat dead animals that have been killed by another animal, by a car, etc. scavenge something Crows scavenge carrion left on the roads. scavenge (on something) Some fish scavenge on dead fish in the wild.
  3. Word Origin mid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘clean out (dirt)’): back-formation from scavenger.
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