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scavenge

[skav-inj] /ˈskæv ɪndʒ/
verb (used with object), scavenged, scavenging.
1.
to take or gather (something usable) from discarded material.
2.
to cleanse of filth, as a street.
3.
to expel burnt gases from (the cylinder of an internal-combustion engine).
4.
Metallurgy. to purify (molten metal) by introducing a substance that will combine chemically with impurities.
verb (used without object), scavenged, scavenging.
5.
to act as a scavenger.
6.
(of an engine or cylinder) to become scavenged of burnt gases.
7.
to search, especially for food.
Origin of scavenge
1635-1645
1635-45; back formation from scavenger
Related forms
unscavenged, adjective
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  • There was a fair chance this early that he could scavenge something edible.

    Badge of Infamy Lester del Rey
  • The symbiote might produce sugars, scavenge the blood of toxins—there are so many things it could do.

    Planet of the Damned Harry Harrison
  • Neglect of local authority to scavenge after undertaking to do so, 5s.

  • It was not implied that it was part of the duty of the Bembridge green committee to scavenge the seashore.

    Fifty Years of Golf Horace G. Hutchinson
British Dictionary definitions for scavenge

scavenge

/ˈskævɪndʒ/
verb
1.
to search for (anything usable) among discarded material
2.
(transitive) 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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Word Origin and History for scavenge
v.

1640s, back-formation from scavenger. Related: Scavenged; scavenging.

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