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

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Other Words from disinter

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for disinter


exhume, unearth


bury, entomb, inhume, inter, tomb

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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

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In August 2018, remains thought to be Woods were disinterred from the Punchbowl and sent to the laboratory for analysis. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "MIA for nearly 70 years, the remains of an Ohio soldier are coming home," 27 June 2019 According to Fly’s research, Morton Southwest owned the land in 1986, when the remains of 72 people were disinterred and reburied at Holy Cross Cemetery. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Historian and UTSA archaeologists discover remains at forgotten African American burial site," 18 June 2018 The urn has been disinterred, and the GBI will try to determine whose remains were in it. Steve Burns, ajc, "Funeral home owner faces criminal charges after cremation mix-up," 21 June 2018 After the visit to the Winters-Jackson family cemetery, the trio gathered at Holy Cross at the stone slab that marks where the remains of the 72 people disinterred are located. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Historian and UTSA archaeologists discover remains at forgotten African American burial site," 18 June 2018 Even as Lemonade disinters the pain wrought by Jay-Z’s infidelity, Beyoncé yokes her fate to his. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Do Beyoncé Fans Have to Forgive Jay-Z?," 18 June 2018 In keeping with their parents' wishes, Edwin and Jonas's remains were disinterred, returned to the United States on an Army funeral ship and sent by train to Portland's Union Station. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "Memorial Day 2018: Remembering two peace-loving Oregon boys who died in France," 28 May 2018 Their bodies were disinterred and brought to New Cathedral as a central resting place, replacing separate church yards around Baltimore. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Jacques Kelly: New Cathedral is resting place for notable Baltimoreans, and small flock of Orioles greats," 14 Apr. 2018 Meikle said the sheriff identified the body as that of Dickens the day after Frankie Kerrigan surfaced, before disinterring the body. Gale Holland, latimes.com, "Lawsuit says a third man was involved in Orange County coroner's body mix-up," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of disinter

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of disinter

formal : to take (a body) out of a grave or tomb : to dig up (a body)


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 disinterment (audio) \ noun

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