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delve

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verb \ˈdelv\

Simple Definition of delve

  • : to search for information about something

  • : to reach into a bag, container, etc., in order to find something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of delve

delved

delving

archaic

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  excavate

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to dig or labor with or as if with a spade

  5. 2 a :  to make a careful or detailed search for information <delved into the past> b :  to examine a subject in detail <the book delves into the latest research>

delver

noun

Examples of delve in a sentence

  1. He tried to delve inside his memory for clues about what had happened.



Did You Know?

We must dig deep into the English language's past to find the origins of "delve." The verb originated in 9th century Old English as "delfan" and is related to the Old High German word telban, meaning "dig." For some 400 years, there was only delving - no digging - because "dig" didn't exist until the 13th century. Is the phrase "dig and delve" (as in the line "eleven, twelve, dig and delve," from the nursery rhyme that begins "one, two, buckle my shoe") redundant? Not necessarily. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, in some local uses as recently as the late 19th century, "dig" was the term for working with a mattock (a tool similar to an adze or a pick), while "delve" was reserved for using a spade.

Origin and Etymology of delve

Middle English, from Old English delfan; akin to Old High German telban to dig


First Known Use: before 12th century


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delve

noun

Definition of delve

archaic

  1. :  cave, hollow



Examples of delve in a sentence

  1. <a poem in which a medieval knight encounters a mysterious beauty in a darkened delve>



14th Century

First Known Use of delve

14th century


DELVE Defined for Kids

delve

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verb \ˈdelv\

Definition of delve for Students

delved

delving

  1. 1 :  to dig or work hard with or as if with a shovel

  2. 2 :  to work hard looking for information





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