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
Watching Isaac delve into the role with his conversational yet lyrical delivery, one almost experiences the tale for the first time.
Taylor, who was born and raised in Mountain Home, traveled the world and spent 20 years as an executive and consultant in the sports and entertainment industry before coming back home to delve into her tour business.
Just like Dolly, 71, several of the Parton sisters delved into singing and acting.
The Return, this video essay delves into some of the baffling and beautiful images from that episode.
Afterward, Hmurovic decided to go a step further and expand the initial research — delving into newspaper reports and more.
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.
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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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