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

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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 New evidence disinterred in March may raise the fatality count above 80. New York Times, "In ‘The Nickel Boys,’ Colson Whitehead Depicts a Real-Life House of Horrors," 14 July 2019 Marion County court records indicate that Michael Thompson filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Crown Hill to be able to disinter and reinter the body. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Crown Hill Cemetery says it objects to John Dillinger's exhumation," 22 June 2016 Those remains were then buried at two cemeteries, but disinterred in September 1947 and moved to the Central Identification Laboratory by the staff of the American Graves Registration Service. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al, "Remains of Pearl Harbor casualty identified as Bessemer man," 5 Sep. 2019 In early 897, Pope Stephen VI and Lambert ordered that Formosus’s corpse be disinterred and brought to San Giovanni in Laterano for the proceedings. National Geographic, "In 897, the corpse of a pope was exhumed—to be put on trial.," 20 Aug. 2019 In early July, health department officials approved a request from Dillinger's nephew, Michael C. Thompson, to disinter the body and return it to its Crown Hill Cemetery site by Sept. 16, spokeswoman Megan Wade-Taxter told THR. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "John Dillinger's Body to Be Exhumed From Indiana Cemetery," 30 July 2019 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 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 Ness also found paperwork showing that 11 bodies were disinterred from Mater Dolorosa in 1982 and reburied at the cemetery at St. Boniface Church. OregonLive.com, "A cemetery in Oregon was removed. What became of the bodies? (Commentary)," 27 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of disinter

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of disinter was in 1611

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

Medical Definition of disinter

: to take out of the grave or tomb

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

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