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English noun: dig

1. dig (location) the site of an archeological exploration

SamplesThey set up camp next to the dig.

Synonymsarcheological site, excavation

Broader (hypernym)land site, site

Instance hyponymByblos

Domain categoryarchaeology, archeology

2. dig (communication) an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect

SamplesHis parting shot was `drop dead'.
She threw shafts of sarcasm.
She takes a dig at me every chance she gets.

Synonymsbarb, gibe, jibe, shaft, shot, slam

Broader (hypernym)comment, input, remark

Narrower (hyponym)cheap shot

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

SamplesThe book was in good condition except for a dig in the back cover.

Broader (hypernym)dent, ding, gouge, nick

4. dig (act) the act of digging

SamplesThere's an interesting excavation going on near Princeton.

Synonymsdigging, excavation

Broader (hypernym)creating by removal

5. dig (act) the act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow

SamplesShe gave me a sharp dig in the ribs.


Broader (hypernym)touch, touching

English verb: dig

1. dig (contact) turn up, loosen, or remove earth

SamplesDig we must.
Turn over the soil for aeration.

Synonymscut into, delve, turn over

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw

Narrower (hyponym)burrow, furrow, groove, root, rootle, rout, rut, shovel, spade, trowel, tunnel

2. dig (contact) create by digging

SamplesDig a hole.
Dig out a channel.

Synonymsdig out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)core out, hollow, hollow out

Narrower (hyponym)dibble, lift, trench

Entailremove, take, take away, withdraw

3. dig (social) work hard

SamplesShe was digging away at her math homework.
Lexicographers drudge all day long.

Synonymsdrudge, fag, grind, labor, labour, moil, toil, travail

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)do work, work

4. dig (perception) remove, harvest, or recover by digging

SamplesDig salt.
Dig coal.

Synonymsdig out, dig up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)excavate, unearth

5. dig (motion) thrust down or into

SamplesDig the oars into the water.
Dig your foot into the floor.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)thrust

6. dig (contact) remove the inner part or the core of

SamplesThe mining company wants to excavate the hillside.

Synonymsexcavate, hollow

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw

Narrower (hyponym)ditch, drive, trench

7. dig (contact) poke or thrust abruptly

SamplesHe jabbed his finger into her ribs.

Synonymsjab, poke, prod, stab

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)thrust

8. dig (cognition) get the meaning of something

SamplesDo you comprehend the meaning of this letter?.

Synonymsapprehend, compass, comprehend, get the picture, grasp, grok, savvy

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)understand

Narrower (hyponym)catch on, cotton on, digest, figure, get it, get onto, get wise, intuit, latch on, tumble, twig

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