When you scavenge, you pick through discarded things looking for whatever is salvageable and can be reused. If you're looking for a replacement part for a vintage car, you might scavenge at the dump for a suitable part.

If you're a freegan you've embraced the idea of trying to live for free, recycling and reusing what others have discarded, leaving a small footprint on the planet. You’re on the lookout for good places to scavenge, such as the dumpster behind a busy supermarket, where you might find edible food, or the trash bins at clothing stores, where wearable clothing is tossed out. Vultures, hyenas, and other animals that feed on carrion — dead animals — also scavenge.

Definitions of scavenge

v clean refuse from

Scavenge a street”
Type of:
clean, make clean
make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from

v collect discarded or refused material

“She scavenged the garbage cans for food”
Type of:
collect, garner, gather, pull together
assemble or get together

v remove unwanted substances from

Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

v feed on carrion or refuse

“hyenas scavenge
Type of:
feed, give
give food to

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