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unearth

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verb un·earth \ˌən-ˈərth\

Simple Definition of unearth

  • : to find (something) that was buried in the earth

  • : to find or discover (something) that was hidden or lost

Full Definition of unearth

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to dig up out of or as if out of the earth :  exhume <unearth treasure> <unearth an old photo album>

  3. 2 :  to make known or public :  bring to light <unearth a scandal>

Examples of unearth

  1. An old document was unearthed from the files.

  2. They unearthed evidence that he had accepted bribes.



15th Century

First Known Use of unearth

15th century

Synonym Discussion of unearth

discover, ascertain, determine, unearth, learn mean to find out what one did not previously know. discover may apply to something requiring exploration or investigation or to a chance encounter <discovered the source of the river>. ascertain implies effort to find the facts or the truth proceeding from awareness of ignorance or uncertainty <attempts to ascertain the population of the region>. determine emphasizes the intent to establish the facts definitely or precisely <unable to determine the origin of the word>. unearth implies bringing to light something forgotten or hidden <unearth old records>. learn may imply acquiring knowledge with little effort or conscious intention (as by simply being told) or it may imply study and practice <I learned her name only today> <learning Greek>.


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