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Definition of "scrounge" []

  • To obtain (something) by begging or borrowing with no intention of reparation: scrounged a few dollars off my brother. (verb-transitive)
  • To obtain by salvaging or foraging; round up. (verb-transitive)
  • To seek to obtain something by begging or borrowing with no intention of reparation: scrounge for a cigarette. (verb-intransitive)
  • To forage about in an effort to acquire something at no cost: scrounging around the kitchen for a late-night snack. (verb-intransitive)

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 "scrounge" in a sentence
  • "He says the children selling all manner of trinkets are his friends and uses some kind of innate child-communication to invite them to play with the few toys he has, as well as whatever else they can scrounge from the grounds."
  • "After breakfast, she sat in the front room where equatorial sun slanted in brightest through lacquered lattices to read every last thing she could scrounge from the one biblioteca that sold English print."
  • "One neighbor commented that she felt like a "scrounge", I told her that she wasn't scrounging but "re-purposing" my old hangers and the look of relief that came across her face was amazing."