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English noun: ditch

1. ditch (artifact) a long narrow excavation in the earth

Broader (hypernym)excavation

Narrower (hyponym)drainage ditch, ha-ha, haw-haw, irrigation ditch, sunk fence, trench, trench

2. ditch (object) any small natural waterway

Broader (hypernym)waterway

English verb: ditch

1. ditch (possession) forsake

SamplesDitch a lover.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)abandon, desert, desolate, forsake

2. ditch (possession) throw away

SamplesChuck these old notes.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)abandon

Domain usageargot, cant, jargon, lingo, patois, slang, vernacular

3. ditch (possession) sever all ties with, usually unceremoniously or irresponsibly

SamplesThe company dumped him after many years of service.
She dumped her boyfriend when she fell in love with a rich man.


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

Broader (hypernym)get rid of, remove

4. ditch (motion) make an emergency landing on water

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)crash land

Domain categoryair, air travel, aviation

5. ditch (contact) crash or crash-land

SamplesDitch a car.
Ditch a plane.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)crash

6. ditch (contact) cut a trench in, as for drainage

SamplesDitch the land to drain it.
Trench the fields.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)dig, excavate, hollow

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