Definition of delve
archaic : excavate
1 : to dig or labor with or as if with a spade delved into her handbag in search of a pen
2a : to make a careful or detailed search for information delved into the pastb : to examine a subject in detail the book delves into the latest research won't delve into her reason for leaving
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Examples of delve in a Sentence
He tried to delve inside his memory for clues about what had happened.
Recent Examples of delve from the Web
The episode also at times delves into magical realism, an unfamiliar mode for the usually grim, less-than-whimsical Walking Dead franchise.
Lee Drutman has a fascinating report delving into the data.
The Seattle company launched as an online-only book store, but has since delved into selling groceries, producing television shows, and developing consumer electronics.
But, Bamford notes, delving a little further will lead you to produce that’s especially great at that moment, versus the fruit and vegetables that may be on their way out.
His visit will be to understand regional security without delving into hardware acquisition.
After unveiling a Porsche supercar on stage, Microsoft delved into Forza Motorsport 7, showing off a race on the famed Nürburgring.
Though not entirely new, Alabama has not delved into micro-credentials, which signify additional areas of learning for teachers.
Prosecutors will be able to delve into two 1970s sex-crime cases at the trial of a man accused of killing and sexually assaulting a 15-year-old DuPage County girl in 1985.
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Digging Up the History of delve
We must dig deep into the English language's past to find the origins of "delve." The verb originated in 9th century Old English as "delfan" and is related to the Old High German word telban, meaning "dig." For some 400 years, there was only delving - no digging - because "dig" didn't exist until the 13th century. Is the phrase "dig and delve" (as in the line "eleven, twelve, dig and delve," from the nursery rhyme that begins "one, two, buckle my shoe") redundant? Not necessarily. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, in some local uses as recently as the late 19th century, "dig" was the term for working with a mattock (a tool similar to an adze or a pick), while "delve" was reserved for using a spade.
Origin and Etymology of delve
Middle English, from Old English delfan; akin to Old High German telban to dig
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Examples of delve in a Sentence
a poem in which a medieval knight encounters a mysterious beauty in a darkened delve
DELVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of delve for English Language Learners
: to search for information about something
: to reach into a bag, container, etc., in order to find something
DELVE Defined for Kids
Definition of delve for Students
1 : to dig or work hard with or as if with a shovel
2 : to work hard looking for information
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