When you dig, you scoop or shovel up dirt, sand, or some other material. Your dog might whine to go outside so she can dig a hole in your dad's garden.

You can dig with your hands, a shovel, or even a tractor or backhoe. City crews dig up roads to repair water pipes, and gardeners dig small for planting bulbs. You can even say you dig your brother in the side when you jab him there. If someone says, "I dig you," they mean, "I understand," and if they say, "I dig your outfit," they like it. Both slang usages come from 1930s African American English.

Definitions of dig
  1. verb
    turn up, loosen, or remove earth
    Dig we must”
    synonyms: cut into, delve, turn over
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    furrow, groove, rut
    hollow out in the form of a furrow or groove
    root, rootle, rout
    dig with the snout
    dig (up) with a spade
    dig with or as if with a shovel
    use a trowel on; for light garden work or plaster work
    burrow, tunnel
    move through by or as by digging
    spade into alternate ridges and troughs
    type of:
    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  2. verb
    remove, harvest, or recover by digging
    dig salt”
    dig coal”
    synonyms: dig out, dig up
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    type of:
    excavate, unearth
    recover through digging
  3. verb
    remove the inner part or the core of
    synonyms: excavate, hollow
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    excavate horizontally
    ditch, trench
    cut a trench in, as for drainage
    type of:
    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  4. verb
    create by digging
    dig a hole”
    dig out a channel”
    synonyms: dig out
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    take (root crops) out of the ground
    dig a trench or trenches
    make a hole with a wooden hand tool
    type of:
    core out, hollow, hollow out
    remove the interior of
  5. noun
    the act of digging
    synonyms: digging, excavation
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    creating by removal
    the act of creating by removing something
  6. noun
    the site of an archeological exploration
    “they set up camp next to the dig
    synonyms: archeological site, excavation
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    an ancient Mediterranean seaport that was a thriving city state in Phoenicia during the second millennium BC; was the chief port for the export of papyrus; located in Lebanon to the north of Beirut; now partially excavated
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    land site, site
    the piece of land on which something is located (or is to be located)
  7. noun
    a small gouge (as in the cover of a book)
    “the book was in good condition except for a dig in the back cover”
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    dent, ding, divot, gouge, nick
    an impression in a surface (as made by a blow)
  8. verb
    thrust down or into
    dig the oars into the water”
    dig your foot into the floor”
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    type of:
    push forcefully
  9. verb
    poke or thrust abruptly
    synonyms: jab, poke, prod, stab
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    type of:
    push forcefully
  10. noun
    the act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow
    “she gave me a sharp dig in the ribs”
    synonyms: jab
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    touch, touching
    the act of putting two things together with no space between them
  11. noun
    an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect
    “she takes a dig at me every chance she gets”
    synonyms: barb, gibe, jibe, shaft, shot, slam
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    cheap shot
    an unnecessarily aggressive and unfair remark directed at a defenseless person
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    comment, input, remark
    a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information
  12. verb
    work hard
    “She was digging away at her math homework”
    synonyms: drudge, fag, grind, labor, labour, moil, toil, travail
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    type of:
    do work, work
    be employed
  13. verb
    get the meaning of something
    synonyms: apprehend, compass, comprehend, get the picture, grasp, grok, savvy
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    catch on, cotton on, get it, get onto, get wise, latch on, tumble, twig
    understand, usually after some initial difficulty
    know or grasp by intuition or feeling
    digest, process
    arrange and integrate in the mind
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    know and comprehend the nature or meaning of
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