Simple Definition of excavate
: 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
Full Definition of excavate
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>
: to make excavations
Examples of excavate
They excavated an ancient city.
It is the first site to be excavated in this area.
They began excavating the backyard for their new pool.
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
Rhymes with excavate
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Medical Definition of excavate
: to form a cavity or hole in <an excavated wisdom tooth>
: to make excavations or become hollowed out <an area of infarction in soft tissue often tends to excavate>
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