Scavenge meaning

skăvənj
To feed on (dead or decaying matter). Used especially of animals.
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To search through refuse for useful items.
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To feed on dead or decaying matter.
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To clean up (streets, alleys, etc.); remove rubbish, dirt, or garbage from.
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To salvage (usable goods) by rummaging through refuse or discards.
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To remove burned gases from (the cylinder of an internal-combustion engine)
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To clean (molten metal) by using a substance that will combine chemically with the impurities present.
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To act as a scavenger.
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To look for food.
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To collect and remove refuse, or to search through refuse for useful material.
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To remove unwanted material from something, especially to purify molten metal by removing impurities.
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To expel the exhaust gases from the cylinder of an internal combustion engine, and draw in air for the next cycle.
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(intransitive) To feed on carrion or refuse.
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Origin of scavenge

  • Back-formation from scavenger

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Back-formation from scavenger.

    From Wiktionary