exhume

verb
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

Other Words from exhume

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 Another issue is whether the Six Nations will decide to exhume remains to identify them through DNA tests and determine cause of death — a prelude to holding anyone accountable in court. Ian Austen, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Dec. 2021 Another issue is whether the Six Nations will decide to exhume remains to identify them through D.N.A. tests and determine cause of death — a prelude to holding anyone accountable in court. Ian Austen, New York Times, 11 Dec. 2021 The question of whether to exhume remains has been divisive in many Indigenous communities. Ian Austen, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Dec. 2021 Workers in protective gear exhume the bodies of civilians found buried in a mass grave behind a church on April 13. Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2022 Instead, the field was bought by a Texas company, Plains Exploration and Production, which began intensive efforts to exhume difficult-to-reach oil, efforts that included the hydraulic fracturing of twenty-three vertical wells. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 3 Mar. 2022 Tonight we were brought slightly closer to finding Liz's murderer, with Red (James Spader) determined to exhume Liz's body from the grave. Laura Sirikul, EW.com, 19 Mar. 2022 The question of whether to exhume remains has been divisive in many Indigenous communities. Ian Austen, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Dec. 2021 Nagamatsu was revising his manuscript, about a plague unleashed when archaeologists exhume the 30,000-year-old remains of a girl in Siberia, when COVID-19 struck. Jim Kiest, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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23 May 2022

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exhume

transitive verb
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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