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verb dig pronunciation in British English /dɪɡ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participledigging
past tensedug
past participledug
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to make a hole in earth or sand using your hands, a machine, or a tool, especially a spade

    The children like to dig in the sand.

    We dug a hole and planted the tree.

    dig for something (=dig in order to find something):

    The boys were digging for worms.

    freshly/newly dug:

    a freshly dug grave

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  2. 2
    [intransitive] to try to find out information about someone, especially when they do not want you to

    The press have already started to dig.

  3. 3
    [transitive] informal old-fashioned to like something. This word was used a lot by hippies in the 1960s

    I really dig their music.

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used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

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