excavate

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verb ex·ca·vate \ˈek-skə-ˌvāt\

Definition of excavate

excavated

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excavating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to form a cavity or hole in

  3. 2 :  to form by hollowing out

  4. 3 :  to dig out and remove

  5. 4 :  to expose to view by or as if by digging away a covering excavate the remains of a temple

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to make excavations

Examples of excavate in a Sentence

  1. They excavated an ancient city.

  2. It is the first site to be excavated in this area.

  3. They began excavating the backyard for their new pool.

  4. The excess dirt was carefully excavated.

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Origin and Etymology of excavate

Latin excavatus, past participle of excavare, from ex- + cavare to make hollow — more at cavatina

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EXCAVATE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of excavate for English Language Learners

  • : to uncover (something) by digging away and removing the earth that covers it

  • : to dig a large hole in (something)

  • : to form (a hole, tunnel, etc.) by digging


EXCAVATE Defined for Kids

excavate

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verb ex·ca·vate \ˈek-skə-ˌvāt\

Definition of excavate for Students

excavated

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excavating

  1. 1 :  to expose to view by digging away a covering They've excavated an ancient city.

  2. 2 :  to hollow out :  form a hole in Workers excavated the side of a hill.

  3. 3 :  to make by hollowing out We must excavate a tunnel.

  4. 4 :  to dig out and remove Miners excavate diamonds.


Medical Dictionary

excavate

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verb ex·ca·vate \ˈek-skə-ˌvāt\

Medical Definition of excavate

excavated

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excavating

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to form a cavity or hole in an excavated wisdom tooth

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to make excavations or become hollowed out an area of infarction in soft tissue often tends to excavate



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