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Meaning & Definition of Dig in English





1. The site of an archeological exploration

  • "They set up camp next to the dig"
  • dig,
  • excavation,
  • archeological site

2. An aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect

  • "His parting shot was `drop dead'"
  • "She threw shafts of sarcasm"
  • "She takes a dig at me every chance she gets"
  • shot,
  • shaft,
  • slam,
  • dig,
  • barb,
  • jibe,
  • gibe

3. A small gouge (as in the cover of a book)

  • "The book was in good condition except for a dig in the back cover"
  • dig

4. The act of digging

  • "There's an interesting excavation going on near princeton"
  • excavation,
  • digging,
  • dig

5. The act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow

  • "She gave me a sharp dig in the ribs"
  • dig,
  • jab


1. Turn up, loosen, or remove earth

  • "Dig we must"
  • "Turn over the soil for aeration"
  • dig,
  • delve,
  • cut into,
  • turn over

2. Create by digging

  • "Dig a hole"
  • "Dig out a channel"
  • dig,
  • dig out

3. Work hard

  • "She was digging away at her math homework"
  • "Lexicographers drudge all day long"
  • labor,
  • labour,
  • toil,
  • fag,
  • travail,
  • grind,
  • drudge,
  • dig,
  • moil

4. Remove, harvest, or recover by digging

  • "Dig salt"
  • "Dig coal"
  • dig,
  • dig up,
  • dig out

5. Thrust down or into

  • "Dig the oars into the water"
  • "Dig your foot into the floor"
  • dig

6. Remove the inner part or the core of

  • "The mining company wants to excavate the hillside"
  • excavate,
  • dig,
  • hollow

7. Poke or thrust abruptly

  • "He jabbed his finger into her ribs"
  • jab,
  • prod,
  • stab,
  • poke,
  • dig

8. Get the meaning of something

  • "Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?"
  • grok,
  • get the picture,
  • comprehend,
  • savvy,
  • dig,
  • grasp,
  • compass,
  • apprehend

Examples of using

If three workers dig two ditches in four days, how many days will it take six workers to dig four ditches?
In 100, people came to California to dig for gold.
Children love to dig in the sand.