Learner's definition of DIG
1 a [no object] : to move soil, sand, snow, etc., in order to create a hole
b [+ object] : to form (a hole, tunnel, etc.) by removing soil, sand, snow, etc.
Some animal has been digging in the garden.
They dug into the sand with their hands.
He dug down about 10 feet before he hit water.
Dig a hole three feet deep.
The first step in building a house is to dig the foundation.
The prisoners escaped by digging a tunnel under the fence.
2 [+ object] : to uncover (something that is underground) by moving earth, soil, sand, etc.
— see also dig for (below)
3 [no object] : to look for information about something
4 a [+ object] : to like or admire (someone or something) b : to understand or appreciate (someone or something)
[no object] c [+ object] : to pay attention to or look at (someone or something)
◊ Senses 4b and 4c have an old-fashioned quality. They are still used, but they are often intended to suggest the language of the 1950s and '60s. Sense 4a is somewhat more common.
5 : to reach for something
[no object] : to put (your hand) into something
dig for[phrasal verb]
dig for (something)
: to search for (something) by digging — often used figuratively
dig in[phrasal verb]
1 dig (something) in or dig in (something) : to mix (something) into the soil in the ground by digging 2 dig in or dig (yourself) in : to dig a trench and take position inside it — often used figuratively 3 informal : to begin eating 4 dig in your heels or dig your heels in : to behave in a stubborn way : to refuse to change
dig into[phrasal verb]
1 dig (something) into (something) : to mix (something) into (soil) by digging
dig into (something)
2 a informal : to begin eating (something) b somewhat informal : to try to learn or uncover information by studying (something) 3 dig (something) into (something) or dig into (something) : to push against (a body part) in a sharp and painful way
The bed's springs are digging into my back.
Her fingernails dug into my hand. = She dug her fingernails into my hand.
He dug his elbow into my ribs.
dig out[phrasal verb]
dig (something) out or dig out (something)
1 : to get (something) by searching 2 : to get (something) out of soil, sand, snow, etc., by digging
dig up[phrasal verb]
dig up (something) or dig (something) up
1 : to uncover or find (something) by digging 2 informal : to discover (information)
dig your own grave
: to behave in a way that will cause you to lose or fail
Learner's definition of DIG
1 [count] : a push with a body part (such as your elbow) : a poke or thrust 2 [count] : a criticism or insult that is directed toward a particular person or group — often + at 3 [count] : a place where scientists try to find buried objects by digging also : the act of digging for buried objects
digs informal [plural]
4 a US : the place where someone lives b British, old-fashioned : a room rented in another person's home