Definition of "scavenge" [scav•enge]

  • To search through for salvageable material: scavenged the garbage cans for food scraps. (verb-transitive)
  • To collect and remove refuse from: The streets are periodically scavenged. (verb-transitive)
  • To collect (salvageable material) by searching. (verb-transitive)
  • To expel (exhaust gases) from a cylinder of an internal-combustion engine. (verb-transitive)
  • To expel exhaust gases from (such a cylinder). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "scavenge" in a sentence
  • "I love what information I have managed to scavenge from the Internet about this movie, except for this new name."
  • "Many families living there support themselves by what they scavenge from the dump."
  • "Maybe he would heat it a little over a fire, but, more often he would eat just after a kill or scavenge, meaning, raw organs, raw meats."