minemine3 ●○○ verb (mined, mining) 1 [intransitive, transitive]TIDIG to dig large holes in the ground in order to remove coal, gold etc Copper has been mined here since the sixteenth century. This area has been mined for over 300 years.mine for The company first started mining for salt in 1851. Grammar Mine is often passive in this meaning when used as a transitive verb.2 [transitive]SCB to hide bombs in the sea or under the ground All the roads leading to the village had been mined. Grammar Mine is usually passive in this meaning.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusmine• The border is heavily mined.• Most of the new settlers came here to mine for gold.• Simon mines his childhood experiences for his plays.• Lead has been mined in this area for hundreds of years.• The Chechen rebels can still mount hit-and-run attacks, mining roads and ambushing convoys.• The church was built by Don Jose de la Borda, who made his fortune mining silver.mine for• Explorers have been mining for gold in this area for several years.