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American English: /dɪɡ/
British English: /dɪɡ/

Translation of dig in Spanish:

transitive verb present participle digging past tense & past participle dug

  • 1 1.1
    I spent the day digging the garden
    me pasé el día cavando en el jardín
    Example sentences
    • Well, suddenly without any warning, a couple of weeks ago, men and machines arrived and started digging up the road and pavement and generally causing the usual traffic chaos.
    • But others complain that foxes are digging up their gardens, fouling their lawns, attacking their pets and ripping open their garbage bags.
    • They have given up work and are digging up their gardens.
    1.2 (hole/trench)
    (by hand) cavar
    (by machine) excavar
    Example sentences
    • Piles of earth around the coffin showed it had recently been dug up, and it appears the decaying lid was smashed to get at the bones.
    • Actually, the giant marine reptile whose remains have lain buried near Whitby for 185 million years and who was dug up last week doesn't actually have a name, yet.
    • The flute was dug up in a cave in the Swabian mountains in south-western Germany, and pieced back together again from 31 fragments.
    1.4 (Archaeology)
    Example sentences
    • No convincing pyre sites were found, possibly because of the way the site was dug.
    • Just digging the site was an achievement in itself, he says.
    • It was also unusual, he added, to be digging a site as recent as the 1880s for the express purpose of adding to local knowledge.
  • 2 (jab, thrust)to dig something into something
    clavar algo en algo
    he dug his nails into me
    me clavó las uñas
    to dig somebody in the ribs
    darle un codazo en las costillas a alguien
    pegarle un codazo en las costillas a alguien [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • She sat still for a few seconds as Gabby dug a sharply edged eyeliner pencil into her top eyelid.
    • Juanita chose that moment to dig her razor sharp long nails into my left arm as Rachel grabbed the right and Teresa shoved me right into a wall.
    • He dug his feet in to gain his balance and pushed his rear-end up first.
  • 3 [slang] [dated] 3.1 (like)do you dig this place?
    ¿te gusta este lugar?
    ¿te mola este sitio? (Spain) [slang]
    ¿te pasa este lugar? (Mexico) [slang]
    Example sentences
    • Like I said, it took me by surprise and I would recommend it to anyone who currently digs the rock thing, even if it's too heavy at times.
    • At the same time, there was a girl named Natacat in Chicoutimi who dug garage rock.
    • We have fought hundreds of hours on that map and I really dig the steep rocks you can jump out from into the frozen river.
    3.2 (understand) I don't dig him
    no lo entiendo
    no sé de qué va (Spain) [colloquial]

intransitive verb present participle digging past tense & past participle dug

  • 1 1.1 (excavate)
    (by hand) cavar
    (by machine) excavar
    they're digging for oil
    están haciendo prospecciones de petróleo
    1.2 (Archaeology)
    hacer excavaciones
  • 2 (search) she dug in her pockets for her key
    buscó la llave en los bolsillos
    we hope you'll dig deep (in your pockets)
    esperamos que contribuyan con generosidad
    to dig for information
    tratar de obtener información
    tratar de recabar información [formal]
    Example sentences
    • It does the search of the search engines for you, digging through ten search engines to generate your results.
    • When the search engine visitor submits their query, the search engine digs through its database to give the final listing that is displayed on the results page.
    • Deciding to steer clear of the bed for a bit, Christopher went over to one of his bags and began to dig through it, searching for his journal and pen.


  • 1 (Archaeology) to go on a dig
    ir de excavación
    Example sentences
    • When an archaeological dig takes place, the position of each ‘find’ is carefully recorded on a plan of the area.
    • Do you think I could look around the dig for a while?
    • That was when one of the archaeologists who was part of the dig stepped forward.
  • 2 (jab)
    (with elbow) codazo (masculine)
    he gave him a dig with his gun/umbrella
    le clavó la pistola/el paraguas
    to give somebody a dig in the ribs
    darle un codazo en las costillas a alguien
    Example sentences
    • All three took the digs, the elbows, the studs-up tackles and the raking down the shins and moved on.
    • Martina - not even interrupting her conversation with Julie, but somehow aware of Mike's derogatory comments - digs her elbow into his side.
    • Scott spluttered, earning himself a sharp dig in the ribs from Josh.
  • 3 (critical remark) [colloquial] to have a dig at somebody/something
    meterse con alguien/algo
    Example sentences
    • While criticising communal parties, he had a dig at the Congress, saying that people know the aims and objectives of communal forces.
    • His statement was a clear dig at the negative reaction to his claim last weekend that a gay clique in the Democratic Alliance was behind sexual harassment allegations against him.
    • I even had someone come up to me in the street and tell me I had let the country down, after TV commentators had a dig at me.
  • 4
    also: digs plural
    (lodgings) (British) to live in digs
    (vivir en una habitación alquilada, una pensión etc)
    he took me to his digs
    me llevó a donde vivía

Phrasal verbs

dig around

verb + adverb
escarbar (buscando algo)

dig in

1verb + adverb 1.1 (Military)
1.2 (start eating) [colloquial]
atacar [colloquial]
dig in!
¡al ataque! [colloquial]
¡ataquen! [colloquial]
¡atacar! (Spain) [colloquial]
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 2.1
agregarle a la tierra
2.2 (Military)to be dug in
estar atrincherado

dig into

verb + preposition + object [colloquial]
1 (start eating)
atacar [colloquial]
2 (investigate) 3
echar mano de
I was reluctant to dig into my savings
no quería tocar mis ahorros
no quería tener que echar mano de mis ahorros

dig out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1 (remove)
sacar (de entre los escombros, la nieve etc)
(from soil) desenterrar
2 (find) [colloquial]

dig over

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
to dig the garden over
remover la tierra en el jardín
dar vuelta la tierra en el jardín (Southern Cone)

dig up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
(vegetable patch/lawn)
3 (facts/information) [colloquial]
sacar a la luz
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