dis·​in·​ter | \ ˌdis-in-ˈtər How to pronounce disinter (audio) \
disinterred; disinterring; disinters

Definition of disinter

transitive verb

1 : to take out of the grave or tomb
2 : to bring back into awareness or prominence also : to bring to light : unearth

Other Words from disinter

disinterment \ ˌdis-​in-​ˈtər-​mənt How to pronounce disinter (audio) \ noun

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Examples of disinter in a Sentence

The body was disinterred for further study. the Egyptian mummy was carefully disinterred in hopes that it would yield secrets about the Old Kingdom
Recent Examples on the Web The military is now using new DNA-identification techniques to disinter and test unidentified remains from the Korean War, and some due to be examined in late 2022 or early 2023 come from the same region where Jimmy Cribben went missing in 1953. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Sep. 2021 If the money did not come, the cemetery disinterred the remains. The Economist, 28 May 2020 In recent years, some of these human remains have reappeared aboveground: Erosion of the Hart Island shoreline has caused bones to be disinterred and scattered along the beachfront. Jody Rosen, New York Times, 29 Apr. 2020 Her father’s body was one of seven disinterred last year and taken to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware for a forensic autopsy generally performed in cases of violent or suspicious deaths. Matt Zapotosky, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Jan. 2020 In 2009, a detective, hoping to use new DNA analysis methods to find a new lead, arranged for the body to be disinterred, according to court documents. NBC News, 15 Mar. 2020 In 1986, developers disinterred the remains of 72 people near Nacogdoches Road and Loop 1604 without the family’s consent. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, 12 Jan. 2020 The coffin had been donated by Till’s mother after the 14-year-old lynching victim was disinterred and reburied. National Geographic, 11 Nov. 2019 Cry of the undead As illustrated by the story of Arnold Paole, popular belief held that to kill a vampire, the corpse had to be disinterred and pierced with a stake. Oscar Urbiola, National Geographic, 29 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of disinter

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Disinter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disinter. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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transitive verb
dis·​in·​ter | \ ˌdis-ᵊn-ˈtər How to pronounce disinter (audio) \

Medical Definition of disinter

: to take out of the grave or tomb

Other Words from disinter

disinterment \ -​mənt How to pronounce disinter (audio) \ noun


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