verb (used with object), scavenged, scavenging.
to take or gather (something usable) from discarded material.
to cleanse of filth, as a street.
to expel burnt gases from (the cylinder of an internal-combustion engine).
Metallurgy. to purify (molten metal) by introducing a substance that will combine chemically with impurities.
verb (used without object), scavenged, scavenging.
to act as a scavenger.
(of an engine or cylinder) to become scavenged of burnt gases.
to search, especially for food.

1635–45; back formation from scavenger

unscavenged, adjective Unabridged
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scavenge (ˈskævɪndʒ)
1.  to search for (anything usable) among discarded material
2.  (tr) to purify (a molten metal) by bubbling a suitable gas through it. The gas may be inert or may react with the impurities
3.  to clean up filth from (streets, etc)
4.  chem to act as a scavenger for (atoms, molecules, ions, radicals, etc)

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Example sentences
They must avoid cannibals and scavenge food from abandoned houses and stores.
Churches stopped ladling soup, and more homeless people were forced to scavenge
  in skips.
They scavenge the skins from a nearby market, one explained, then sell them
  plucked for a few cents.
Scavenge at curbs or nab discarded items on campuses populated by rich students.
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