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

 

quarry

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈkwɒri//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɔːri//
 
, NAmE//ˈkwɑːri//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they quarry
BrE BrE//ˈkwɒri//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɔːri//
 
, NAmE//ˈkwɑːri//
 
he / she / it quarries
BrE BrE//ˈkwɒriz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɔːriz//
 
, NAmE//ˈkwɑːriz//
 
past simple quarried
BrE BrE//ˈkwɒrid//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɔːrid//
 
, NAmE//ˈkwɑːrid//
 
past participle quarried
BrE BrE//ˈkwɒrid//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɔːrid//
 
, NAmE//ˈkwɑːrid//
 
-ing form quarrying
BrE BrE//ˈkwɒriɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɔːriɪŋ//
 
, NAmE//ˈkwɑːriɪŋ//
 
 
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(quarries, quarrying, quarried, quarried) [transitive, intransitive] to take stone, etc. out of a quarry quarry something (from/out of something) The local rock is quarried from the hillside. quarry (for) something The area is being quarried for limestone. Word Originverb Middle English: from a variant of medieval Latin quareria, from Old French quarriere, based on Latin quadrum ‘a square’. The verb dates from the late 18th cent.
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