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 Massachusetts used federal disaster funds to exhume 66 of the burial sites, analyze the remains and move them to a final resting place—a model that preservationists hope to repeat elsewhere. Adam Aton, Scientific American, "Even the Dead Cannot Escape Climate Change," 31 Oct. 2019 Franco is to be exhumed and reburied next to his wife in one of Madrid’s cathedrals. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 24 Oct. 2019 City councilors Dermot Lacey and Paddy McCartan introduced a motion to exhume the writer’s body and that of his wife, Nora Barnacle, last week. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Dublin Wants to Reclaim James Joyce’s Body Before the Centenary of ‘Ulysses’," 21 Oct. 2019 But in March of 2015, the Turks worked with him directly on a Turkish military operation in Syria to exhume the tomb of the grandfather of the Ottoman Empire. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "The Former U.S. ISIS Envoy on Trump and the Crisis in Syria," 19 Oct. 2019 The permit approved Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 by the Indiana State Department of Health calls for Dillinger’s remains to be exhumed on Dec. 31. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Indiana approves new permit for John Dillinger exhumation," 4 Oct. 2019 The only one of the six unidentified circus fire victims to be exhumed was Little Miss 1565. Steven Goode, courant.com, "The medical examiner will exhume two bodies from the Hartford Circus Fire, but finding DNA samples so they can be identified won’t be easy," 22 Sep. 2019 CBS News has learned investigators have approached a third family requesting permission to exhume another veteran's body. Natalie Brand, CBS News, ""We trusted them": Sisters demand justice after father's death at West Virginia VA hospital," 30 Aug. 2019 In July, the Indiana State Department of Health approved a request from Dillinger's nephew to exhume the famous criminal's body. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Dillinger, Dean and more: 12 famous graves in Indiana," 7 Aug. 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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The first known use of exhume was in the 15th century

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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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