Translation of dig in Spanish:


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
      • The roads, which had been dug up have become slushy.
      • But the surrounding land is being dug up by general contractors working for the employers' agents.
      • 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.
      • Gardeners digging up their borders for spring bulb planting are being urged to do their bit to help rescue the much-loved British bluebell.
      • Workmen digging up a front garden got a fright when they discovered an unexploded Second World War bomb.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • But others complain that foxes are digging up their gardens, fouling their lawns, attacking their pets and ripping open their garbage bags.
      • 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.
      • The most recent piece of legislation in this area was the Telegraph Act of 1863 which had loose restrictions on digging up roads.
      • ‘This had to be completed before any more capital works as the roads would simply have had to be dug up again,’ she said.
      • 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 ground has been dug up all over to put up tents and huge screens for the programme starting Friday.
      • The ground should be dug over to loosen the earth.
      • But the pigs are really great: they're extremely friendly creatures and love digging up the rough land.
      • 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.
      • When your bulbs arrive, or you buy them from the garden center, gather everyone together, hand out garden tools and start digging.
      • They have given up work and are digging up their gardens.
      • 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.
      • The army ground that players used was dug up and replaced by a canal.

    • 1.2

      (by hand) cavar
      (by machine) excavar

    • 1.3

      (potatoes/turnips) sacar
      (weeds) arrancar
      • 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.
      • His best known line was that archaeologists dig up people not things.
      • 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.
      • The flute was dug up in a cave in the Swabian mountains in south-western Germany, and pieced back together again from 31 fragments.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • In fact archaeologists dig up things not people; and that's the whole point.
      • ‘I've even had treasure in my court and coins which were found when a graveyard was being dug up,’ he said.
      • The site preparation work has commenced which entails digging up and levelling some 40 million cubic metres of earth.
      • Some flower thieves were fined just last month for digging up 300 quid's worth from a Norfolk garden.
      • The dogs from next door often burrow under the fence and into my garden digging up plants.
      • 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).
      • 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?
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • The bones of legendary outlaw Robin Hood may have been dug up in the mid-18th Century, according to a history buff.

    • 1.4Archaeology

      (temple/site) excavar
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • Archaeologists digging in Jerusalem uncovered a piece of pottery inscribed with the name Goliath.
      • 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.
      • Close attention had to be paid to stratification while digging, and his excavation assistants had to be properly trained.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • It may seem, from our news pages, that British archaeologists are digging an endless supply of good sites.
      • No convincing pyre sites were found, possibly because of the way the site was dug.
      • The experts moved on to the site on Monday last week and began digging in search of any historical remains.
      • Two double pit alignments were dug, one east of the northern henge, the other west of the southern.

  • 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 un codazo en las costillas a algn
  • 3

    • 3.1(like)

      do you dig this place? ¿te pasa este lugar? Mexico slang
      • 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?
      • Like I said in a previous review, I totally dig these 60s influenced garage rock bands.
      • 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.
      • Don't even start on how there are some chicks who dig them.
      • Some melodies may be too bland for those who dig their rock with more pop.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • 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?
      • "Anyone can go there and dig what I'm playing, I think, " he says.
      • Chicks definitely dig dudes who are able to interact with society in a non-violent manner.

    • 3.2(understand)

      I don't dig him no sé de qué va Spain informal

intransitive verb

  • 1

    (by hand) cavar
    (by machine) excavar
    (dog) escarbar
    they're digging for oil están haciendo prospecciones de petróleo
  • 2

    hacer excavaciones
  • 3

    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 recabar información
  • 4slang, dated



  • 1

    excavación feminine
    to go on a dig ir de excavación
    • Laying on her stomach, she dug her nails into the ice, pushing as best she could forward with her soaked stocking feet.
    • Ryan pushed his hands deeper into his pocket, digging his nails in his palms to assure himself he was awake.
    • As you push the weight back up, dig your shoulders into the bench and keep your glutes on it.
    • He dug his feet in to gain his balance and pushed his rear-end up first.
    • The hand on her shoulder tightened, each digit digging sharply into her skin.
    • 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.
    • I dug my heels in, leaned forward, and shoved off with my legs at the same time I pushed out hard with my arms.
    • He dug his hands deeper into his pockets and pushed his house keys into his palm between the thumb and his finger.
    • She dug her fork in and shoved it in her mouth, not looking at what it was, and not caring.
    • She sat still for a few seconds as Gabby dug a sharply edged eyeliner pencil into her top eyelid.
    • I dug my fingers into his side, poking him between his ribs.
    • I dug my hands in further, pushing, cursing at the stupidity.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Ignoring the pain, Matt dug his hands into the floor and shards, pushing himself upward and sprinting after the assassin.
    • 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.
    • I huffed to myself, and dug my spoon back into the ice cream, and shoved an even larger than before scoop into my mouth.
    • He pushed my foot hard, and I screamed, digging my fingernails into his arm.
    • Watching him go, I dug my elbow into Chase, pushing him away from me.
  • 2

    (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
  • 3

    (critical remark) pulla feminine informal
    (hint) indirecta feminine
    to have a dig at sb/sth meterse con algn/algo
  • 4British

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