verb \ˈdelv\

: to search for information about something

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


Full Definition of DELVE

transitive verb
:  excavate
intransitive verb
:  to dig or labor with or as if with a spade
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>
delv·er noun

Examples of DELVE

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

Origin of DELVE

Middle English, from Old English delfan; akin to Old High German telban to dig
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with DELVE



Definition of DELVE

:  cave, hollow

Examples of DELVE

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

First Known Use of DELVE

14th century


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