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

     

    burrow

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈbʌrəʊ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːroʊ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they burrow
    BrE BrE//ˈbʌrəʊ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːroʊ//
     
    he / she / it burrows
    BrE BrE//ˈbʌrəʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːroʊz//
     
    past simple burrowed
    BrE BrE//ˈbʌrəʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːroʊd//
     
    past participle burrowed
    BrE BrE//ˈbʌrəʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːroʊd//
     
    -ing form burrowing
    BrE BrE//ˈbʌrəʊɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːroʊɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to make a hole or a tunnel in the ground by digging synonym dig (+ adv./prep.) Earthworms burrow deep into the soil. moles burrowing away underground burrow something + adv./prep. The rodent burrowed its way into the sand.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to press yourself close to somebody or under something + adv./prep. He burrowed down beneath the blankets. burrow something + adv./prep. She burrowed her face into his chest.
  3. 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. to search for something under or among things She burrowed in the drawer for a pair of socks. He was afraid that they would burrow into his past.
  4. Word Origin Middle English: variant of borough.Extra examples Earthworms burrow deep into the subsoil. He switched off the bedside lamp and burrowed down beneath the bedclothes. Ivy had burrowed its way through the walls. Rabbits had burrowed under the fence. worms that burrow through dead wood
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