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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)

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"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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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