There are 2 definitions of mine in English:

mine1

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Pronunciation: /mʌɪn
 
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pronoun

  • Used to refer to a thing or things belonging to or associated with the speaker: you go your way and I’ll go mine some friends of mine
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    • They also do what a colleague of mine referred to as internal marketing.
    • A friend of mine always referred to him as Mr Buttoni after that.
    • Recently, a fully insured friend of mine was referred for a cardiology consultation.

determiner

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  • (Used before a vowel) my: tears did fill mine eyes
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    • Let not mine eyes be hell-driven from that light.
    • For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.

Origin

Old English mīn, of Germanic origin; related to me1 and to Dutch mijn and German mein.

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There are 2 definitions of mine in English:

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Pronunciation: /mʌɪn
 
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noun

  • 1An excavation in the earth for extracting coal or other minerals: a copper mine
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    • It also governs landscape features that delve down into the earth such as mines and quarries, wells, caves, holes or obscure valleys.
    • Such an inexhaustible labour force was ruthlessly expended in the exploitation of Siberia's mineral wealth - the coal mines of Vorkuta and gold fields of Kolyma.
    • In my electorate, we have problems in the Huntly area, which are a consequence of the shafts in former coal mines.
    Synonyms
    pit, colliery, excavation, quarry, workings, diggings, lode, vein, seam, deposit, shaft, mineshaft; coalfield, goldfield, opencast mine; North American open-pit mine, strip mine
  • 1.1 [in singular] An abundant source of something, especially information: the text is a mine of information for biographers and historians
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    • To sum up: the work under review is a mine of information, but many of its presuppositions are open to question.
    • The publication as a whole is a rich mine for those interested in figures.
    Synonyms
    rich source, repository, store, storehouse, reservoir, gold mine, mint, treasure house, treasury, reserve, fund, wealth, vein, stock, supply, hoard, accumulation; wellspring
  • 2A type of bomb placed on or just below the surface of the ground or in the water, which detonates on contact with a person, vehicle, or ship: his jeep ran over a mine and he was killed
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    • Among other things, he detonated mines and bombs left behind from the Vietnam War.
    • The most common equipment for sweeping contact mines in the Allied navies was the Oropesa sweep, so-called after the first ship to use it in 1919.
    • They were a precursor to modern mines, high-explosive devices that can be detonated by the completion of an electrical circuit, by pressure, or by a tripwire.
  • 2.1 historical A subterranean passage under the wall of a besieged fortress, especially one in which explosives were placed to blow up fortifications.
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    • Men who were expert in underground siege methods laboured to outwit each other in subterranean passages known as mines and countermines.
    • The subterranean mines excavated beneath a fortress often had several galleries each with a terminal chamber holding large amounts of gunpowder.
    Synonyms
    tunnel
    historical sap

verb

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  • 1Obtain (coal or other minerals) from a mine: the company came to the area to mine phosphate (as adjective mined) 35 million tonnes of mined coal
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    • Residents will have their say on a scheme which could see a million tonnes of coal mined in their area of Bolton.
    • Last year alone Angola's UNITA rebels mined alluvial diamonds worth around $300 million and effectively evaded UN sanctions.
    • The extrinsic material clearly shows that where one is mining limestone for the purpose of getting its inherent mineral qualities, the rebate still applies.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1Dig in (the earth) for coal or other minerals: the hills were mined for copper oxide [no object]: many financiers obtained concessions to mine for silver
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    • From even that age they were to mine the earth for some kind of mineral.
    • More would teach you how to mine for minerals, smelt metals, process the raw supplies.
    • Corn production for grain or silage is possible in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio on land reclaimed to modern standards after being surface mined for coal.
  • 1.2Dig or burrow in (the earth): the earth beneath had been tortuously mined by pestilential rabbits
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    • They bite through the baked soils to create labyrinths of tunnels up to three kilometres long and make a living mining giant tubers growing deep below the surface.
  • 1.3Exploit (a source of information or skill): how do they manage to mine such a rich vein of talent?
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    • The Scottish Arts Council hoped it would mine a rich seam of latent talent and take risks on fledgling authors spurned by larger companies.
    • As in East is East, he puts a human face on a potentially distasteful role, avoiding caricature and mining a deeper, richer humour as a result.
    • Other authors are mining the same rich seam of catastrophic potential.
    Synonyms
    search, ransack, delve into, rake through, scour, scan, read, look through, survey
  • 1.4Analyse (a database) to generate new information.
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    • As in other Internet sectors, information producers on the web will find mining data and selling information collected on customers highly profitable.
    • I think organisations have decided that this year isn't the year to be spending on mining their data so that's definitely not doing as well as it has in the past.
    • There may be greater potential for searching out and mining statistical data produced by organizations that are relatively independent of the state.
  • 2Lay explosive mines on or just below the surface of (the ground or water): the area was heavily mined
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    • Here, the Turks had heavily mined the water and mine sweeping trawlers had proved ineffective at clearing them.
    • In 1986 the World Court ruled that the US had violated international law by mining the waters of Nicaragua and arming the Contras.
    • Everything that entered the area was obliterated and it is possible that the ground is still mined.
    Synonyms
    defend with mines, protect with mines, lay with mines, sow with mines
  • 2.1Destroy by means of an explosive mine: HMS Ocean was mined in the Dardanelles in 1915
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    • This means that underground communications in the rear and at the flanks of the troops on the offensive should be guarded, mined or destroyed.
    • The evidence of the few survivors of the Hampshire showed that Lord Kitchener was below when the ship was mined.

Derivatives

mineable

(also minable) adjective
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  • The resource of the lease on which the Muskeg River mine sits contains more than five billion barrels of mineable bitumen.
  • In some instances sparse mineralization that is uneconomical to mine can be concentrated by supergene processes into mineable ore; supergene deposits are commonly underlain by such primary mineralization.
  • It is estimated that mineable diamonds in the MDM concessions stand at 12 million carats.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French mine (noun), miner (verb), perhaps of Celtic origin; compare with Welsh mwyn 'ore', earlier 'mine'.

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