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Pronunciation: /dɪg/

Translation of dig in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (present participle/participio presente digging past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado, dug)

  • 1 1.1 [ground] cavar I spent the day digging the garden me pasé el día cavando en el jardín 1.2 [hole/trench] (by hand) cavar; (by machine) excavar 1.3 [turnips/potatoes] sacar*; [weeds] arrancar* 1.4 [Archaeol] [site/temple] excavar
  • 2 (jab, thrust) to dig sth into sth clavar algo en algo he dug his nails into me me clavó las uñas to dig sb in the ribs darle* or [colloquial/familiar] pegarle* un codazo en las costillas a algn
    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/argot] [dated/anticuado] 3.1 (like) do you dig this place? ¿te gusta este lugar?, ¿te mola este sitio? (Spain/España) [slang/argot], ¿te pasa este lugar? (Mexico/México) [slang/argot] 3.2 (understand) entender* I don't dig him no lo entiendo, no sé de qué va (Spain/España) [colloquial/familiar]
    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.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo (present participle/participio presente digging past tense & past participle/pasado y participio pasado, dug)

  • 1 1.1 (excavate — by hand) cavar; (— by machine) excavar; [dog] escarbar they're digging for oil están haciendo prospecciones de petróleo 1.2 [Archaeol] hacer* excavaciones, excavar
    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.
    Example sentences
    • We arrived to the clan cemetery and I watched as my uncles brought the casket to the newly dug hole and they lowered it in.
    • He went out and bought a spade and began digging a grave.
    • I grabbed a spade and frantically dug a hole in the garden, hoping like hell my flatmate wouldn't turn up during the process.
    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.
    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 (search) buscar* 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 or [formal] recabar información
    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.
  • 3 (understand) [slang/argot] [dated/anticuado] entender*


  • 2 (jab — with elbow) codazo (masculine); (— with pin) pinchazo (masculine) he gave him a dig with his gun/umbrella le clavó la pistola/el paraguas to give sb a dig in the ribs darle* un codazo en las costillas a algn
  • 4
    (digs plural)
    (lodgings) (British English/inglés británico) 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/verbo + adverbio
[colloquial/familiar] revolver*, escarbar ([ buscando algo ])

dig in

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio 1.1 [Military/Militar] atrincherarse 1.2 (start eating) [colloquial/familiar] atacar* [colloquial/familiar] dig in! ¡al ataque! [colloquial/familiar], ¡ataquen or (Spain/España) atacar! [colloquial/familiar] 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento 2.1 [fertilizer/compost] agregarle* a la tierra 2.2 [Military/Militar] to be dug in estar* atrincherado

dig into

verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento [colloquial/familiar]
1.1 (start eating) atacar* [colloquial/familiar] 1.2 (investigate) investigar* 1.3 [resources/reserves] 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/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
1.1 (remove) sacar* ([ de entre los escombros, la nieve etc ]); (from soil) desenterrar* 1.2 (find) [colloquial/familiar] sacar*, desempolvar

dig over

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
[soil] remover*, dar* vuelta (Southern Cone/Cono Sur) to dig the garden over remover* or (Southern Cone/Cono Sur) dar* vuelta la tierra en el jardín

dig up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
1.1 [vegetable patch/lawn] levantar; [weeds/tree/bulbs] arrancar* 1.2 [body/treasure/pottery] desenterrar* 1.3 [facts/information] [colloquial/familiar] sacar* a la luz

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