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excavate

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verb ex·ca·vate \ˈek-skə-ˌvāt\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of excavate

excavatedexcavating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to form a cavity or hole in

  3. 2 :  to form by hollowing out

  4. 3 :  to dig out and remove

  5. 4 :  to expose to view by or as if by digging away a covering <excavate the remains of a temple>

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to make excavations

Examples of excavate in a sentence

  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

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EXCAVATE Defined for Kids

excavate

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verb ex·ca·vate \ˈek-skə-ˌvāt\

Definition of excavate for Students

excavatedexcavating

  1. 1 :  to expose to view by digging away a covering <They've excavated an ancient city.>

  2. 2 :  to hollow out :  form a hole in <Workers excavated the side of a hill.>

  3. 3 :  to make by hollowing out <We must excavate a tunnel.>

  4. 4 :  to dig out and remove <Miners excavate diamonds.>




Medical Dictionary

excavate

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verb ex·ca·vate \ˈek-skə-ˌvāt\

Medical Definition of excavate

excavated; excavating

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to form a cavity or hole in <an excavated wisdom tooth>

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to make excavations or become hollowed out <an area of infarction in soft tissue often tends to excavate>





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