excavate


ex·ca·vate

verb \ˈek-skə-ˌvāt\

: to uncover (something) by digging away and removing the earth that covers it

: to dig a large hole in (something)

: to form (a hole, tunnel, etc.) by digging

ex·ca·vat·edex·ca·vat·ing

Full Definition of EXCAVATE

transitive verb
1
:  to form a cavity or hole in
2
:  to form by hollowing out
3
:  to dig out and remove
4
:  to expose to view by or as if by digging away a covering <excavate the remains of a temple>
intransitive verb
:  to make excavations

Examples of EXCAVATE

  1. They excavated an ancient city.
  2. It is the first site to be excavated in this area.
  3. They began excavating the backyard for their new pool.
  4. The excess dirt was carefully excavated.

Origin of EXCAVATE

Latin excavatus, past participle of excavare, from ex- + cavare to make hollow — more at cavatina
First Known Use: 1599

Related to EXCAVATE

Synonyms
dig, shovel

Other Mining and Drilling Terms

ore, trepan, wildcat

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ex·ca·vate

verb \ˈek-skə-ˌvāt\   (Medical Dictionary)
ex·ca·vat·edex·ca·vat·ing

Medical Definition of EXCAVATE

transitive verb
: to form a cavity or hole in <an excavated wisdom tooth>
intransitive verb
: to make excavations or become hollowed out <an area of infarction in soft tissue often tends to excavate>

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