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Meaning of “scavenge” in the English Dictionary

"scavenge" in British English

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scavengeverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈskæv.ɪndʒ/
to ​look for or get ​food or other ​objects in other people's ​rubbish: The ​flood has ​leftpeople and ​animalsdesperately scavenging forfood. We ​managed to scavenge a lot of ​furniture from the ​dump. If a ​wildanimal scavenges, it ​feeds on the ​flesh of ​deaddecayinganimals.
(Definition of scavenge from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"scavenge" in American English

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scavengeverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈskæv·əndʒ/
to ​search for and ​collectunwantedfood or ​objects, or of ​animals or ​birds to ​feed on ​decayingflesh: [T] We scavenged a ​table and ​chairs someone had ​thrown out. [I] The ​crows scavenged on the ​deadcarcass.
(Definition of scavenge from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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