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Definition of dredge:

  1. A mixture of oats and barley.
  2. Any instrument used to gather or take by dragging; as: ( a) A dragnet for taking up oysters, etc., from their beds. ( b) A dredging machine. ( c) An iron frame, with a fine net attached, used in collecting animals living at the bottom of the sea.
  3. To catch or gather with a dredge; to deepen with a dredging machine.
  4. To sift or sprinkle flour, etc., on, as on roasting meat.
  5. Very fine mineral matter held in suspension in water.

Synonyms:

drop behind, hang back, drag in, sweep, sweep up, haul, drop back, hale, trail, drag on, embroil, puff, tangle, draw, scuff, drag, drag out, cart, get behind.

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