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 exhumation (audio) , ˌeg-​zü-​ , ˌegz-​yü-​ \ noun
exhumer \ ig-​ˈzü-​mər How to pronounce exhumer (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 Her death was initially ruled due to natural causes but her body was later exhumed for further investigation. Fox News, "Teen's cell phone found in Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell missing children case: report," 13 Feb. 2020 Her remains were exhumed Dec. 11, and an autopsy has since been conducted, with results pending. Chelsea Curtis, USA TODAY, "2 Idaho kids still missing, mom said she was 'a god': What to know about her cult-like beliefs," 12 Feb. 2020 But when Daybell and Vallow got married just two weeks later, authorities had Tammy’s remains exhumed. Mekita Rivas, refinery29.com, "The Complicated Case Of Lori Vallow, Her Missing Children, & A Doomsday Conspiracy," 6 Feb. 2020 That cemetery closed in 1873, and 15 years later in 1888, Beethoven was exhumed once again. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, "Following Beethoven’s Footsteps Through Vienna," 28 Jan. 2020 In 2015, the other coffins containing remains from the USS Oklahoma were exhumed. Tara Law, Time, "He Was Killed at Pearl Harbor. Here’s Why It Took 78 Years to Bring Him Home," 6 Dec. 2019 The victim’s body was exhumed in 2013 with the hope of using advancing technology to identify her. chicagotribune.com, "Illinois nurse charged with ‘barbarically’ brutalizing and killing impaired woman, whose body was found near Wisconsin cornfield in 1999," 8 Nov. 2019 In 1852, Adie’s grave was exhumed at the direction of the antiquarian Joseph Neil Paton. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Wanted: The Missing Bones of a Scottish ‘Witch’," 3 Sep. 2019 Though there are many graves still to be exhumed and boxes of anonymous skeletons awaiting identification, the lab’s future seems uncertain. Natalie Keyssar, National Geographic, "The cold cases of Guatemala’s civil war were impossible to identify—until now," 19 Dec. 2019

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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 26 Feb. 2020.

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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 exhumation (audio) , ˌegz-​(y)ü-​ How to pronounce exhumation (audio) \ noun

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