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delve (verb) search (by digging); investigate.
When you search for something in a bag or any such container, by putting your hand into it, you delve for it in the container. He delved in the bag for the penknife to cut the envelop open. That is, he searched in his bag for the penknife. To try hard to get information about something is to delve. 'The police delved into the past of the suspect in the murder case.' This means that the police tried hard to find out about the past of the suspect. An archeologist delves deep into the ruins at a site, when he tries to know more about the place's historical past.
- When her turn came for the interview, Anita, very anxious to appear her best, delved into her bag for some cream but did not find it.
- When Abram chanced upon the letter, its contents prompted him to delve into the dealings his father had with the Mafia gang.