Translation of dig in Spanish:

dig

cavar, v.

Pronunciation /dɪɡ//dɪɡ/

transitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1

      (ground) cavar
      I spent the day digging the garden me pasé el día cavando en el jardín
      • But the surrounding land is being dug up by general contractors working for the employers' agents.
      • But under the new regulations, firms which take too long to complete the job, or start digging up the road not long after another company has left, will face stiff sanctions.
      • But others complain that foxes are digging up their gardens, fouling their lawns, attacking their pets and ripping open their garbage bags.
      • He points to the countryside that has been dug up, blasted, landscaped to make way for some of the most beautiful resorts on the earth.
      • The report said the sheer number of people busy digging the earth makes the three graveyards appear to be mines, but what is being dug up are human bones and skeletons of people laid to rest many years ago.
      • Workmen digging up a front garden got a fright when they discovered an unexploded Second World War bomb.
      • But the pigs are really great: they're extremely friendly creatures and love digging up the rough land.
      • Gardeners digging up their borders for spring bulb planting are being urged to do their bit to help rescue the much-loved British bluebell.
      • Whatever we think about the truth or otherwise of this piece of ancient Irish history the story received a boost some years later, when men were digging up the soil along this area.
      • When your bulbs arrive, or you buy them from the garden center, gather everyone together, hand out garden tools and start digging.
      • When I was a boy and I used to dig in our backyard, half mimicking my dog and half pretending to be an explorer, I used to say I was digging to China.
      • The army ground that players used was dug up and replaced by a canal.
      • The ground has been dug up all over to put up tents and huge screens for the programme starting Friday.
      • ‘This had to be completed before any more capital works as the roads would simply have had to be dug up again,’ she said.
      • The most recent piece of legislation in this area was the Telegraph Act of 1863 which had loose restrictions on digging up roads.
      • Winter is the best time to tackle those big projects in the garden such as digging up a new garden bed, putting in a garden arch or putting in a fish pond.
      • 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.
      • The roads, which had been dug up have become slushy.
      • They have given up work and are digging up their gardens.
      • The ground should be dug over to loosen the earth.

    • 1.2

      (trench/hole) (by hand) cavar
      (hole/trench) (by machine) excavar

    • 1.3

      (turnips/potatoes) sacar
      (weeds) arrancar
      • I have got a plot reserved for myself at the foot of their graves, but I don't like the thought of them being dug up later, splitting up the family.
      • ‘I've even had treasure in my court and coins which were found when a graveyard was being dug up,’ he said.
      • In fact archaeologists dig up things not people; and that's the whole point.
      • 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 movie ends with a harrowing scene of the father digging up his son's coffin, only to discover a piece of wood inside the box.
      • I will put a stone plaque over the place where we have reburied them so they are never dug up again.
      • Is it still there, waiting to be dug up like buried treasure?
      • 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.
      • The bones of legendary outlaw Robin Hood may have been dug up in the mid-18th Century, according to a history buff.
      • We must have been down there a hour and a half whilst the guide, an ex-miner showed us how coal was dug up in Victorian times right up to the mechanised way they do it nowadays.
      • Spectacle is what lets us say that plants can be dug up and put in a place together (that the land and the process of growing are separate from the growth of the plant).
      • The site preparation work has commenced which entails digging up and levelling some 40 million cubic metres of earth.
      • The flute was dug up in a cave in the Swabian mountains in south-western Germany, and pieced back together again from 31 fragments.
      • The dogs from next door often burrow under the fence and into my garden digging up plants.
      • His best known line was that archaeologists dig up people not things.
      • Dahlias are best dug up and brought in when the foliage has been blacked by the first frosts, although warmer winters do give them a better chance of surviving in the garden.
      • Rabbits who have taken up residence on the remains of a 14th century manor house in England are digging up fragments of a medieval glass window.
      • It's also worthwhile surrounding your pots and trays with netting (or prickly holly clippings) to prevent these rodents digging up the seeds.
      • Some flower thieves were fined just last month for digging up 300 quid's worth from a Norfolk garden.

    • 1.4Archaeology

      (site/temple) excavar
      • Two double pit alignments were dug, one east of the northern henge, the other west of the southern.
      • 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.
      • Archaeologists digging in Jerusalem uncovered a piece of pottery inscribed with the name Goliath.
      • No convincing pyre sites were found, possibly because of the way the site was dug.
      • Close attention had to be paid to stratification while digging, and his excavation assistants had to be properly trained.
      • We may dig, study, and scrutinize every part of Stonehenge, but we will never know all of the secrets of the ancient megalith known as Stonehenge.
      • The experts moved on to the site on Monday last week and began digging in search of any historical remains.
      • On one of the three mounds on the machair there is Iron Age and Pictish pottery, and this summer we will dig the site to see if there was a sequence of farms in those periods.
      • It may seem, from our news pages, that British archaeologists are digging an endless supply of good sites.
      • Hundreds of such bottles were recovered from a site being dug for construction of a Guest House for the Bangalore District Police.
      • Just digging the site was an achievement in itself, he says.
      • He said that recognising that this might be part of an ancient human, he had continued to dig at the site and collected more pieces of skull.

  • 2

    (jab, thrust)
    to dig sth into sth clavar algo en algo
    • he dug his nails into me me clavó las uñas
    • I dug my hands in further, pushing, cursing at the stupidity.
    • Watching him go, I dug my elbow into Chase, pushing him away from me.
    • He dug his hands into his pockets, pushed himself off the wall.
    • Taking off her headphones, she shoved her cd player in her purse and dug her hands into the pocket of her black hoodie.
    • Laying on her stomach, she dug her nails into the ice, pushing as best she could forward with her soaked stocking feet.
    • I huffed to myself, and dug my spoon back into the ice cream, and shoved an even larger than before scoop into my mouth.
    • She dug her fork in and shoved it in her mouth, not looking at what it was, and not caring.
    • Sighing, she dug her feet in and began pushing again, struggling to pass over all the grass while cutting around the ant piles that dotted the yard.
    • As you push the weight back up, dig your shoulders into the bench and keep your glutes on it.
    • She sat still for a few seconds as Gabby dug a sharply edged eyeliner pencil into her top eyelid.
    • He pushed my foot hard, and I screamed, digging my fingernails into his arm.
    • Ignoring the pain, Matt dug his hands into the floor and shards, pushing himself upward and sprinting after the assassin.
    • 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.
    • Ryan pushed his hands deeper into his pocket, digging his nails in his palms to assure himself he was awake.
    • When he teased me, but in a way that didn't deserve a truly biting retort, I pushed his chest lightly, or dug a finger into his waist.
    • I dug my heels in, leaned forward, and shoved off with my legs at the same time I pushed out hard with my arms.
    • I dug my fingers into his side, poking him between his ribs.
    • He dug his hands deeper into his pockets and pushed his house keys into his palm between the thumb and his finger.
    • The hand on her shoulder tightened, each digit digging sharply into her skin.
  • 3

    • 3.1slang dated (like)

      do you dig this place? ¿te pasa este lugar? Mexico slang
      • Like I said in a previous review, I totally dig these 60s influenced garage rock bands.
      • Some melodies may be too bland for those who dig their rock with more pop.
      • Don't even start on how there are some chicks who dig them.
      • 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.
      • He dug them for their rock 'n' roll spirit, they dug him for his; fate will always find a way, and now it's love, right?
      • At the same time, there was a girl named Natacat in Chicoutimi who dug garage rock.
      • Now that the fake holidays have made me understand the holiday cheer a little bit, I can dig some of the real ones, like Halloween or New Years.
      • Chicks definitely dig dudes who are able to interact with society in a non-violent manner.
      • "Anyone can go there and dig what I'm playing, I think, " he says.
      • 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.
      • What if someday Canadians decide they don't dig what the US is up to?
      • If you dig scratchy lead guitars and appreciate real good Hard Rock, that has come through a lot of neo-influences, then this album is for you.

    • 3.2slang dated (understand)

      entender
      I don't dig him no lo entiendo


intransitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1(excavate)

      (by hand) cavar
      (by machine) excavar
      (dog) escarbar
      they're digging for oil están haciendo prospecciones de petróleo

    • 1.2Archaeology

      hacer excavaciones
      excavar

  • 2

    (search)
    buscar
    she dug in her pockets for her key buscó la llave en los bolsillos
    • to dig for information tratar de obtener información
    • Jason dug into one of the pouches on his belt and took out a small camera and began to take pictures.
    • 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.
    • I dug into the case and flipped out a photo and the printed letter that went with it.
    • I dug through my pockets, searching frantically for it, and I hadn't lost it.
    • Unzipping the bag, she dug through the contents until she found what she was searching for.
    • After deciding that all signs of the injury were well hidden she began digging through the closet yet again in search of a shirt.
    • I was attending the funeral of a friend's father last year and a woman who was seated in the church in front of me started digging frantically in her handbag as her cell started ringing.
    • Emily dug through the drawer, quickly searching for a black sock.
    • She steeled herself for a long trip, dug into her bag, pulled out a datapad and began to read.
    • So here we are, digging through my closet in search of something blue.
    • Again she said his name not expecting an answer, as she dug though his clothes and searched the room.
    • They dug through their handbags for suitable implements to rescue them.
    • Two minutes later, she dug into the back of her closet and pulled out a large backpack.
    • It does the search of the search engines for you, digging through ten search engines to generate your results.
    • I dug around in it, searching for my CDs, but I couldn't find them.
    • She dug through her backpack, desperately searching for the water pouch she knew she had with her.
    • 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.
    • Barry dug through his pockets in search of the message.
    • He saw the look but merely knelt and dug into his pack, pulling out what looked to be a very sharp knife.
    • He dug around for a few seconds in search of his cell-phone, but eventually gave up.
  • 3slang, dated

    (understand)
    entender

noun

  • 1

    Archaeology
    excavación feminine
    to go on a dig ir de excavación
    • That was when one of the archaeologists who was part of the dig stepped forward.
    • We found a grinding wheel during the dig, so one theory is that the water may have been pumped from the river through the culvert to power the machinery.
    • Do you think I could look around the dig for a while?
    • The dig has uncovered the remains of a hut circle and unearthed lots of pottery, including Roman samianware and 17th century German ballamineware.
    • Three other artifacts found in the dig initially seemed at odds with a trash pit scenario.
    • During a new dig, he has now discovered a rare Viking buckle with a ‘wonderful runic design’ dating back to the 10th century.
    • All the dig revealed was natural chalk and flint glacial deposits, the archaeologist said.
    • The artefacts unearthed have intrigued university experts so much that they hope to continue the dig next year.
    • The children have had their own section of the dig and have uncovered a cobbled courtyard that stretches over 100 sq metres as well as animal bones and pottery.
    • About 700 trainees have worked at the four-year dig, and 65,000 visitors have come to watch the work in progress.
    • The dig has already uncovered a whet stone, which would have been used for sharpening knives, and a piece of a pottery jug dated back to at least the 17th century.
    • The training dig, which will last until September 5, is on the site of the mediaeval hospital of St Leonard's.
    • But a spokeswoman for the company said it was happy, regardless, to let the dig continue until its natural conclusion.
    • But as a result of the find, the dig has been widened to see if the land contains any more artefacts.
    • The same dig also uncovered a silver decorated Roman cavalry helmet, the only one ever found in England.
    • When an archaeological dig takes place, the position of each ‘find’ is carefully recorded on a plan of the area.
    • A better project hypothesis would have been to uncover and analyze the findings of the dig, period.
    • But time is running out for the dig which is scheduled to finish by February 14 when developers move on to the site…
    • About 100 volunteers, both young and old, attended the two-week dig.
    • This week the dig finished and the remains, some dating back as far as the sixth century, are in Preston awaiting analysis.
  • 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
    • Scott spluttered, earning himself a sharp dig in the ribs from Josh.
    • A dig in the ribs from my puritanical brother told me when I was going too far.
    • My remark provoked a loud laugh from the guide, a clap on the shoulder and a dig in the ribs, which I regarded as so many tributes to my skill in theological dialectic.
    • In the first line-out he gave me a dig in the ribs, pinched my ball and waltzed off down the field with no one the wiser.
    • Martina - not even interrupting her conversation with Julie, but somehow aware of Mike's derogatory comments - digs her elbow into his side.
    • He didn't seem to mind making cracks likely to earn him a dig in the ribs from his fiancée, Chanelle, whom he subsequently married.
    • All three took the digs, the elbows, the studs-up tackles and the raking down the shins and moved on.
  • 3

    (critical remark) pulla feminine informal
    (hint) indirecta feminine
    to have a dig at sb/sth meterse con algn/algo
    • Was he also taking a sly dig at the Canadian pretense that we don't engage in American dreaming?
    • He made a pointed dig at France, Germany and Belgium.
    • Having said all that, I can't pretend to agree with every policy of the two great powers mentioned above and will continue to have a dig at them as the need arises.
    • Instead, this is a charming memoir of a Caribbean childhood, a celebration of the good things in life, and a gentle dig at a set of values that are long gone and unlamented.
    • While criticising communal parties, he had a dig at the Congress, saying that people know the aims and objectives of communal forces.
    • The show also takes a dig at current Anglo-American relations.
    • What's more, he is pretty sly in getting in his dig at Christianity for its highly unlikely belief in the virgin birth.
    • Most hilarious moments came when poets took a dig at politicians.
    • Rather than having a dig at the council and its street sweepers, why not raise a litter awareness campaign aimed at tourists who visit our city and get off our backs for a change.
    • 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.
    • There is, finally, the standard dig at political-correctness.
    • Both times it's over something apparently insignificant that - I'm later told by someone at Island - Heidi interprets as a dig at her and her background.
    • A message inside some bags and backpacks takes a dig at an unidentified president - but you have to know the secret language to understand it.
    • Unintentionally or not, it even takes a dig at humans.
    • He followed that with a dig at ‘damaging media coverage that is already so badly affecting our overseas markets and day visitors’.
    • The Flemish version of the news item has a dig at Dutch cuisine, because they only got two 2-star restaurants.
    • It savages venal music industry poseurs and also takes a dig at the clash between ‘art’ and pop culture.
    • 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.
    • It was a nasty dig about a girl's looks when she starts to spout unpopular opinions.
    • I'm allowing you unregulated access to take digs at me and my opinions.
  • 4digs plural
    British

    (lodgings)
    to live in digs vivir en una habitación alquilada, una pensión etc
    • he took me to his digs me llevó a donde vivía