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Definition of scavenge
verb [with object]
search for and collect (anything usable) from discarded waste:people sell junk scavenged from the garbage [no object]:the city dump where the squatters scavenge to survive (of an animal) search for (carrion) as food. search for discarded items or food in (a place):the mink is still commonly seen scavenging the beaches of California remove (combustion products) from the cylinder of an internal combustion engine on the return stroke of the piston. Chemistry combine with and remove (molecules, radicals, etc.) from a particular medium.