ex·​hume | \ ig-ˈzüm How to pronounce exhume (audio) , igz-ˈyüm, iks-ˈ(h)yüm \
exhumed; exhuming

Definition of exhume

transitive verb

1 : disinter exhume a body
2 : to bring back from neglect or obscurity exhumed a great deal of information from the archives

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exhumation \ ˌeks-​(h)yü-​ˈmā-​shən How to pronounce exhume (audio) , ˌeg-​zü-​ , ˌegz-​yü-​ \ noun
exhumer \ ig-​ˈzü-​mər How to pronounce exhume (audio) , igz-​ˈyü-​ , iks-​ˈ(h)yü-​ \ noun

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Examples of exhume in a Sentence

the remains of John Paul Jones were exhumed in Paris and transported with great ceremony to the U.S. Naval Academy
Recent Examples on the Web Last year, the Texas Historical Commission gave the Alamo permission to exhume at least four burial sites in the church. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Dispute over human remains at the Alamo could be headed to U.S. Supreme Court," 22 Mar. 2021 Anderson and his colleagues in Arizona, for example, have a grant from DOJ to exhume dozens of unidentified bodies from a county cemetery in the hope of cracking cold cases that stretch back to the 1960s. Michael Schulson/undark, Popular Science, "Our best missing persons database could disappear in a few months," 28 Dec. 2020 But Moynihan doesn’t pretend to exhume the concourse or compete with Grand Central. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Moynihan Train Hall: It’s Stunning. And, a First Step.," 11 Jan. 2021 Marion County Family Court Judge Robert Fragale denied James Blaesing’s request in early November, saying there was no good reason to exhume the remains. Washington Post, "Lawmaker claims anomalies in census records," 3 Dec. 2020 In the fall of 1952, Gardner and another Court of Last Resort investigator, Sam Hicks, arrived at the U.S. District Court building in Tucson to exhume the records from Edwards’ trial. Smithsonian Magazine, "The Case of the Autographed Corpse," 19 Nov. 2020 Alternatively, their report concluded, the company could exhume the remains and rebury them somewhere else. Popular Science, "In Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley,’ a Black community battles an industry that threatens its health—and history," 17 Nov. 2020 Stackelbeck said experts don't plan to intentionally exhume the bodies and after an examination of the remains, they will be returned to the coffin and reburied. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "99 years after Tulsa race massacre, human remains found in new search for victims," 21 Oct. 2020 Normally, a storm like Gordon would exhume deeper, potentially cool water upwards. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "Tropical storms can sometimes ‘supercharge’ the storms that follow," 9 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of exhume

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for exhume

Middle English, from Medieval Latin exhumare, from Latin ex out of + humus earth — more at ex-, humble

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“Exhume.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhume. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of exhume

formal : to remove (a body) from the place where it is buried
ex·​hume | \ igz-ˈ(y)üm How to pronounce exhume (audio) , iks-ˈ(h)yüm How to pronounce exhume (audio) \
exhumed; exhuming

Medical Definition of exhume

: disinter the body was exhumed for an autopsy

Other Words from exhume

exhumation \ ˌeks-​(h)yü-​ˈmā-​shən How to pronounce exhume (audio) , ˌegz-​(y)ü-​ How to pronounce exhume (audio) \ noun

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