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

transitive verb

: disinter
exhume a body
: to bring back from neglect or obscurity
exhumed a great deal of information from the archives
exhumation noun
ig-ˈzü-mər How to pronounce exhume (audio)

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 The children’s bodies were exhumed from Shakahola forest in eastern Kenya last year where Mackenzie and his associates are accused of running a death cult. Bethlehem Feleke, CNN, 6 Feb. 2024 Elliott was already deceased, but in October, the Las Vegas Metro Police Department obtained consent to exhume his body in relation to the two homicides. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 1 Feb. 2024 After Dexter Wade's remains were exhumed, his gravesite in the pauper's field was smoothed over. Jon Schuppe, NBC News, 14 Nov. 2023 She was buried in a female convict factory, and within two years, the RST—with Allport now serving as vice president—secretly exhumed the body and turned her skeleton into a traveling exhibit, before going on display in the Tasmanian Museum between 1904 and 1947. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 29 Nov. 2023 The remains were then exhumed from the Henri-Chapelle U.S. Military Cemetery in Hombourg, Belgium, in 2021 and sent to the DPAA. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2023 Yesterday, Wade arrived at the county penal farm expecting to see her son’s remains exhumed. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 14 Nov. 2023 Mahler exhumes his grandson’s small corpse, its flesh rotting and yellowed, but suddenly breathing in short, halting gasps. Guy Lodge, Variety, 20 Jan. 2024 So Jones spent $50,000 of her savings to have her brother’s body exhumed for an independent autopsy, which found West died of asphyxiation while being restrained. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of exhume was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Exhume.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhume. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


ex·​hume igz-ˈ(y)üm How to pronounce exhume (audio)
exhumed; exhuming
: to remove from a place of burial
exhumation noun

Medical Definition


transitive verb
exhumed; exhuming
: disinter
the body was exhumed for an autopsy

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