Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “dig”

dig

verb  /dɪɡ/ (present participle digging, past tense and past participle dug  /dʌɡ/) us  

dig verb (MOVE EARTH)

to move and break up earth using a tool, a machine, or your hands, or to make a hole, channel, etc. by moving and breaking up earth: [I] Friends came with rakes and shovels ready to dig into the earth. [M] I was planning to go out and dig up some hibiscus plants. [T] Most people out in the country have to dig their own wells.

dig verb (PRESS)

[T] to press or push strongly: He dug his hand into his pocket, searching for a quarter.

dig

noun [C]  /dɪɡ/ us  

dig noun [C] (REMARK)

a criticism, esp. a remark about someone that does not seem intentional but actually is: His reference to how busy we were was a dig at us for forgetting to greet him properly.

dig noun [C] (MOVE EARTH)

the activity of removing earth to find objects of interest to history or science
(Definition of dig from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of dig?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Causing difficulties for oneself or others, but you might be interested in these topics from the Easy and difficult topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “dig” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

give the green light to sth

to give permission for someone to do something or for something to happen

Word of the Day

Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.

by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More