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English definition of “dredge”

dredge

verb [T] uk   /dredʒ/ us  

dredge verb [T] (REMOVE)

to remove unwanted things from the bottom of a river, lake, etc. using a boat or special device: They have to dredge the canal regularly to keep it open.Taking things away from someone or somewhereRemoving and getting rid of thingsRemoving and extracting to search an area of water by dredging: The police are dredging the lake for his body. They dredged up (= brought to the surface) all sorts of rubbish from the bottom of the river.Searching

dredge verb [T] (FOOD)

to drop flour, sugar, etc. over food: Lightly dredge the cake with icing sugar.Spreading and scatteringPreparing foodPreparing food using heat
Phrasal verbs
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