Dig - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dɪɡ|  American pronunciation of the word dig
Brit.  |dɪɡ|  British pronunciation of the word dig
irregular verb:  p.t. — dug  p.p. — dug
- the site of an archeological exploration (syn: excavation)
- an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect (syn: barb, gibe, jibe, shaft, shot, slam)
- a small gouge (as in the cover of a book)
- the act of digging (syn: digging, excavation)
- the act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow (syn: jab)
- turn up, loosen, or remove earth (syn: delve, turn over)
- create by digging (syn: dig out)
- work hard (syn: drudge, fag, grind, labor, labour, moil, toil, travail)
- remove, harvest, or recover by digging (syn: dig out, dig up)
- thrust down or into
- remove the inner part or the core of (syn: excavate, hollow)
- poke or thrust abruptly (syn: jab, poke, prod, stab)
- get the meaning of something (syn: apprehend, compass, comprehend, grasp, savvy)


Some animal has been digging in the garden.

They dug into the sand with their hands.

He dug down about 10 feet before he hit water.

Dig a hole three feet deep.

The first step in building a house is to dig the foundation.

The prisoners escaped by digging a tunnel under the fence.

These detectives won't stop digging until they find out what happened.

She gave me a dig in the ribs to get my attention.

She participated in a dig last summer.

The hole was freshly dug.

During the war people dug up their flower gardens to grow vegetables.

The rescuers tried to dig out the buried miners.

I didn't even try to dig out the car.

He dug a couple of notes out of his pocket and thrust them at her.

I was digging for worms to go fishing.

Phrasal verbs

dig in  — occupy a trench or secured area
dig out  — remove, harvest, or recover by digging
dig up  — find by digging in the ground

Word forms

I/you/we/they: dig
he/she/it: digs
present participle: digging
past tense: dug
past participle: dug
singular: dig
plural: digs
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