ex·hume | \ig-ˈzüm, 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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Other Words from exhume

exhumation \ˌeks-(h)yü-ˈmā-shən, ˌeg-zü-, ˌegz-yü- \ noun
exhumer \ig-ˈzü-mər, igz-ˈyü-, iks-ˈ(h)yü- \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for exhume


disinter, unearth


bury, entomb, inhume, inter, tomb

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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

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The parents of Kendrick Johnson asked Valdosta City officials to exhume his body, which is set to occur on Friday. Fox News, "Body of high school student found dead in rolled-up gym mat to be exhumed for second time," 21 June 2018 Excavators working near the monument accidentally disturbed the grave, starting a chain of events that led to high-tech tests on the exhumed remains. Washington Post, "Where’s Capt. Molly? Search on for Revolutionary hero grave," 29 Apr. 2018 Eventually, however, her bones were exhumed and displayed at the Tasmanian Museum, along with taxidermied thylacines. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "The Obsessive Search for the Tasmanian Tiger," 16 Jan. 2012 Only by exhuming it and addressing it can America address its perpetual crisis with race. Joe Heim, Washington Post, "Sacred ground, now reclaimed: A Charlottesville story," 7 July 2018 The ruling could pave the way for hundreds more to be exhumed. Raphael Minder, New York Times, "Plan to Exhume Franco Renews Spain’s Wrestle With History," 7 July 2018 An autopsy exhumed 8 kg (more than 17 lb) of additional plastic rubbish from the whale’s stomach, the department said in a Facebook post. Eli Meixler, Time, "A Pilot Whale Has Died in Southern Thailand After Swallowing 17 Pounds of Plastic Waste," 4 June 2018 Her body was exhumed, and her DNA was eventually matched with her siblings. Mark Gillispie, Fox News, "DNA tests link remains to teen who disappeared in 1974," 12 July 2018 Rajoy’s Popular Party condemned Francoism but had blocked previous attempts to exhume the dictator’s bones. Washington Post, "Spanish PM vows to exhume Franco from controversial site," 18 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of exhume

: to remove (a body) from the place where it is buried

ex·hume | \igz-ˈ(y)üm, iks-ˈ(h)yüm \
exhumed; exhuming

Medical Definition of exhume 

: disinter the body was exhumed for an autopsy

Other Words from exhume

exhumation \ˌeks-(h)yü-ˈmā-shən, ˌegz-(y)ü- \ noun

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