Meaning of “dig” in the English Dictionary

"dig" in British English

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digverb

uk /dɪɡ/ us /dɪɡ/ present participle digging, past tense and past participle dug

dig verb (MOVE SOIL)

B1 [ I or T ] to break up and move soil using a tool, a machine, or your hands:

Digging (in) the garden is good exercise.

B2 [ T ] to form a hole by moving soil:

The tunnel was dug with the aid of heavy machinery.
The dog was digging a hole to hide its bone in.

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dignoun [ C ]

uk /dɪɡ/ us /dɪɡ/

dig noun [ C ] (REMARK)

a remark that is intended to criticize, embarrass, or make a joke about someone:

He's always taking digs/a dig at me.
UK also He's always having/making dig/a dig at me.

dig noun [ C ] (ACCOMMODATION)

digs [ plural ] mainly UK

informal for lodgings :

Many students in London have to live in digs.

(Definition of “dig” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dig" in American English

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digverb

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

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.

dignoun [ C ]

us /dɪɡ/

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)

(Definition of “dig” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)