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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dig, delve, cut into, turn oververb

    turn up, loosen, or remove earth

    "Dig we must"; "turn over the soil for aeration"


  1. delvenoun

    A pit or den.

    Etymology: delven delfan, from delfan.

  2. delveverb

    To dig the ground, especially with a shovel.

    Etymology: delven delfan, from delfan.

  3. delveverb

    To search thoroughly and carefully for information, research, dig into, penetrate, fathom, trace out

    Etymology: delven delfan, from delfan.

  4. delveverb

    To dig, to excavate.

    Etymology: delven delfan, from delfan.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Delveverb

    to dig; to open (the ground) as with a spade

    Etymology: [See Delve, v. t., and cf. Delf a mine.]

  2. Delveverb

    to dig into; to penetrate; to trace out; to fathom

    Etymology: [See Delve, v. t., and cf. Delf a mine.]

  3. Delveverb

    to dig or labor with a spade, or as with a spade; to labor as a drudge

    Etymology: [See Delve, v. t., and cf. Delf a mine.]

  4. Delveverb

    a place dug; a pit; a ditch; a den; a cave

    Etymology: [See Delve, v. t., and cf. Delf a mine.]


  1. Delve

    Delve is a municipality belonging to the Amt Kirchspielslandgemeinde Eider in the district Dithmarschen in Schleswig-Holstein, in northern Germany. The municipality covers an area of 15.85 km². Of a total population of 734, 364 are male, 374 are female. The population density of the community is 46 /km².

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Delve

    delv, v.t. and v.i. to dig with a spade.—n. (Spens.) a place dug out, a ditch, a cave.—n. Delv′er. [A.S. delfan, to dig; conn. with dale, dell.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of delve in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of delve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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  1. Senator Harris:

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  2. David Axelrod:

    Former presidents tend not to delve too deeply into politics and certainly not the politics of their successors, i think that was his plan, but Donald Trump changed that plan.

  3. Zil Goldstein:

    Trans youth are trying to learn about sexual health and transitions. It can't be vague. It has to delve into some of the details. youTube lets people get more detailed information and find out more about how to transition, and ways to live a healthy life.

  4. Pope Francis:

    I think you’re telling me about something I need to do. I need to do delve further into this .....

  5. Brad Pitt:

    I think he’s smarter than I am. He’s not going to step in the same potholes, the industry has changed. It’s like the kind of film has changed. If you want to make substantial stories and things that are profound and mean something you kind of have to delve into the independent realm... He called Hacksaw Ridge a big independent film, noting that the film is not even that huge a budget or anything. Andrew Garfield plays Desmond T. Doss, a United States Army corporal and combat medic during WWII who won a Congressional Medal of Honor despite refusing to bear arms. Mel Gibson said bold men like Doss exist in the world today. MORE : Mel Gibson to be honored.

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    (of a glutinous liquid such as paint) not completely dried and slightly sticky to the touch
    • A. tacky
    • B. omnifarious
    • C. adscripted
    • D. arbitrary

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