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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theydig up
he/she/itdigs up
present participledigging up
past tensedug up
past participledug up
  1. 1
    to remove something from under the ground by digging
    We will have to dig that tree up.
    They dug up a body in his garden.
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  2. 2
    to dig holes in an area of land
    They’ve been digging up the road outside our house.
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  3. 3
    to find information by searching carefully
    When we investigated his background, we dug up some interesting facts.
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