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Definition of the verb dig into

What does dig into mean as a doing phrase?


  1. examine physically with or as if with a probe
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb]I was hunting
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Location] for [Theme]I hunted the woods for game | I searched the cave for treasure | I stalked the woods for game | We rummaged the drawer for important documents
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]I was hunting game
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Location]I hunted game in the woods | I stalked game in the woods
      [Agent - being] [Verb] for [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Location]I hunted for game in the woods
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location] for [Theme]I hunted in the woods for game

      Verbs of Searching (with the same syntax): dig, feel, fish, hunt, mine, pan, poach, scrounge.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of dig into: poke into / probe
    • more generic words: penetrate / perforate = pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance
    • more specific word: gutter = wear or cut gutters into

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for dig into

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Google previewNez Perce Dictionary (1994)

by Haruo Aoki

timikehtsc leht VS dig, camp to dig roots, 'imi- VC dig camas, go to, tukumne- VC dig camas, go to, qemeye-kse qemes N dig into (to get something out), wicle- pinise pini- VS dig roots other than camas, go to, 3iminise >imi VC dig oneself out , ...

Google previewOxford American Large Print Dictionary (2008)

by Oxford University Press

(dig into) investigate or study closely; probe. n. 1 piece of digging. 2 thrust or poke: a dig in the ribs. 3 pointed or critical remark. 4 archaeological excavation. —dig•ger n. di•gest v. /diejest/ 1 assimilate (food) in the stomach and bowels.

Google previewA Minecraft Mini-encyclopedia (2014)

Dig Into Minecraft with this (parent-approved) Guide by Cori Dusmann

Dig Into Minecraft with this (parent-approved) Guide Cori Dusmann. Smooth stone can be crafted into slabs, and it can also be crafted into stone brick, which in turn can be crafted into stairs and slabs. As of the version 1.8 update, stone brick ...

Google previewA First English Dictionary (1995)

For ESL Students by Raja Tewfik Nasr

dig into verb: digging into, dug into, dug into study very well The school principal is digging into the problem we had with one student.

Google previewMongolian English Dictionary (2013)

by Bawden

logo info, to dig into (someone's past, etc.) ...

Google previewColour Oxford English Dictionary (2011)

by Oxford Dictionaries,

(dig into or through) search or rummage in. 5 (dig something out or up) discover facts. 6 (dig in) start eating heartily. 7 informal, dated like. •noun 1 an act of digging. 2 an investigation of a site by archaeologists. 3 a sharp push or poke.

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Quotes about dig into

I'm not about to talk about what's romantic in my life - I figure if you talk about it once - then that's an open invitation for everyone to dig into your personal life even further. (James Van Der Beek)
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