dig

1 [dig]
verb (used without object), dug or (Archaic) digged, digging.
1.
to break up, turn over, or remove earth, sand, etc., as with a shovel, spade, bulldozer, or claw; make an excavation.
2.
to make one's way or work by or as by removing or turning over material: to dig through the files.
verb (used with object), dug or (Archaic) digged, digging.
3.
to break up, turn over, or loosen (earth, sand, etc.), as with a shovel, spade, or bulldozer (often followed by up ).
4.
to form or excavate (a hole, tunnel, etc.) by removing material.
5.
to unearth, obtain, or remove by digging (often followed by up or out ).
6.
to find or discover by effort or search.
7.
to poke, thrust, or force (usually followed by in or into ): He dug his heel into the ground.
noun
8.
thrust; poke: He gave me a dig in the ribs with his elbow.
9.
a cutting, sarcastic remark.
10.
an archaeological site undergoing excavation.
11.
digs, Informal. living quarters; lodgings.
Verb phrases
12.
dig in,
a.
to dig trenches, as in order to defend a position in battle.
b.
to maintain one's opinion or position.
c.
to start eating.
13.
dig into, Informal. to attack, work, or apply oneself voraciously, vigorously, or energetically: to dig into one's work; to dig into a meal.
14.
dig out,
a.
to remove earth or debris from by digging.
b.
to hollow out by digging.
c.
to find by searching: to dig out facts for a term paper.
15.
dig up,
a.
to discover in the course of digging.
b.
to locate; find: to dig up information.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English diggen, perhaps representing an OE derivative of dīc ditch; Middle French diguer to dig (< Middle Dutch) is attested later and apparently not the immediate source

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dig

2 [dig]
verb (used with object), dug, digging. Slang.
1.
to understand: Can you dig what I'm saying?
2.
to take notice of: Dig those shoes he's wearing.
3.
to like, love, or enjoy: She digs that kind of music. We really dig each other.

Origin:
1935–40; perhaps < Irish (an) dtuig(eann tú mé?) do you understand me? and parallel expressions with tuigim I understand (see twig2)

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dig (dɪɡ)
 
vb (when tr, often foll by up) , digs, digging, dug
1.  to cut into, break up, and turn over or remove (earth, soil, etc), esp with a spade
2.  to form or excavate (a hole, tunnel, passage, etc) by digging, usually with an implement or (of animals) with feet, claws, etc: to dig a tunnel
3.  (often foll by through) to make or force (one's way), esp by removing obstructions: he dug his way through the crowd
4.  (tr; often foll by out or up) to obtain by digging: to dig potatoes; to dig up treasure
5.  (tr; often foll by out or up) to find or discover by effort or searching: to dig out unexpected facts
6.  (tr; foll by in or into) to thrust or jab (a sharp instrument, weapon, etc); poke: he dug his spurs into the horse's side
7.  (tr; foll by in or into) to mix (compost, etc) with soil by digging
8.  informal (tr) to like, understand, or appreciate
9.  slang (US) (intr) to work hard, esp for an examination
10.  informal (Brit) (intr) to have lodgings: I dig in South London
 
n
11.  the act of digging
12.  a thrust or poke, esp in the ribs
13.  a cutting or sarcastic remark
14.  informal an archaeological excavation
 
[C13 diggen, of uncertain origin]

Dig (dɪɡ)
 
n
informal (NZ) short for Digger

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Word Origin & History

dig
early 14c. (diggen), of uncertain origin, probably related to dike and ditch, either via O.Fr. diguer (ult. from a Gmc. source), or directly from an unrecorded O.E. word. Native words were deolfan, grafan (medial -f- pronounced as "v" in O.E.). Meaning "thrust or poke" (as with an elbow) is from 1819;
figurative sense of this is from 1840. Slang sense of "understand" first recorded 1934 in Black English, probably based on the notion of "excavate." A slightly varied sense of "appreciate" emerged 1939. Noun meaning "archaeological expedition" is from 1896. Related: Digging.
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dig definition


  1. tv. & in.
    to understand something. : I just don't dig what you are saying.
  2. tv.
    to appreciate something; to like something. : He really digs classical music.
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Example sentences
If you're digging a large bed, consider using a power-driven rototiller.
People often ask me how to keep pets from chewing on leaves or digging in the
  dirt of houseplants.
The pointed end of a digging bar works well for this, he says.
They have done a great job of digging holes for their dust baths.
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