What does ‘dig’ mean?

The word ‘dig’ can mean many different things. As a verb, some meanings include to make a hole by moving dirt/earth/mud or poke sharply.

For example:

  • We took our spades to the beach and dug a big hole. (move earth)
  • She dug her nails into my back. (poke sharply)

Dig is an irregular verb. The past tense is dug and the past participle is dug.

phrasal verbs with dig

Phrasal verbs with ‘dig’ include:

  • Dig in (start eating)
  • Dig into (reach inside)
  • Dig out (look for something)
  • Dig up (remove something from the ground)
phrasal verbs with dig

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘dig’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with dig - dig in
phrasal verbs with dig - dig into
phrasal verbs with dig - dig out
phrasal verbs with dig - dig up

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with dig below.