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verb mine pronunciation in American English /maɪn/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlemining
past tensemined
past participlemined
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to dig a large hole or tunnel in the ground in order to get coal, gold, etc., or to take coal, gold, etc. from such a hole or tunnel

    an area where tin is mined

    mine for:

    People still mine for coal in this area.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to hide bombs under the ground or under water

    The road was heavily mined.

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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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