scavenge

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
  1. verb
    clean refuse from
    Scavenge a street”
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    type of:
    clean, make clean
    make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from
  2. verb
    collect discarded or refused material
    “She scavenged the garbage cans for food”
    synonyms: salvage
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    type of:
    collect, garner, gather, pull together
    assemble or get together
  3. verb
    remove unwanted substances from
    synonyms: clean
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    type of:
    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  4. verb
    feed on carrion or refuse
    “hyenas scavenge
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    type of:
    feed, give
    give food to
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