un·​earth | \ ˌən-ˈərth How to pronounce unearth (audio) \
unearthed; unearthing; unearths

Definition of unearth

transitive verb

1 : to dig up out of or as if out of the earth : exhume unearth treasure unearth an old photo album
2 : to make known or public : bring to light unearth a scandal

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discover, ascertain, determine, unearth, learn mean to find out what one did not previously know. discover may apply to something requiring exploration or investigation or to a chance encounter. discovered the source of the river ascertain implies effort to find the facts or the truth proceeding from awareness of ignorance or uncertainty. attempts to ascertain the population of the region determine emphasizes the intent to establish the facts definitely or precisely. unable to determine the origin of the word unearth implies bringing to light something forgotten or hidden. unearth old records learn may imply acquiring knowledge with little effort or conscious intention (as by simply being told) or it may imply study and practice. I learned her name only today learning Greek

Examples of unearth in a Sentence

An old document was unearthed from the files. They unearthed evidence that he had accepted bribes.
Recent Examples on the Web But during that same span, Dantonio and his staff unearthed and developed future NFL talent like almost no other program in the country. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State's Mark Dantonio deserves one more chance to rewrite his ending," 20 Nov. 2019 With the right eye, surely someone could again make the kinds of pictures that Gilden unearthed from his archives, and give the genre his or her own idiosyncratic spin. Chris Wiley, The New Yorker, "Bruce Gilden’s Gritty Vision of a Lost New York," 11 Nov. 2019 When that pole fell over, a second utility pole was unearthed and then fell onto the duplex, said Holly Montellanico, a fire prevention officer with the Hollywood Fire Rescue and Beach Safety Department. Eileen Kelley, sun-sentinel.com, "Trash truck causes power outage in Hollywood neighborhood," 14 Oct. 2019 Since its inception, the network has unearthed a diagnosis in approximately 35 percent of cases and identified 31 new syndromes. The Washington Post, oregonlive, "Michigan man’s mystery ailment amazes, perplexes doctors," 22 Sep. 2019 Why are native American lands desecrated, their tombs unearthed, and their people still forcibly displaced by white companies in the name of profits? Boniface Mwangi, Quartz, "If Israelis have the right of return, we should extend that right to all native people," 18 Sep. 2019 The photo was originally unearthed and published in a report from Time magazine Wednesday. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Justin Trudeau darkened face for 'Aladdin' costume in 2001 photo," 18 Sep. 2019 Florida resident Alan Mulcahy provided photos to Southern Living of sea turtle eggs that had been unearthed and destroyed by the storm surge and erosion in Jupiter Beach. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "WATCH: What Hurricane Dorian Means for Georgia’s Record-Breaking Number of Sea Turtle Nests," 4 Sep. 2019 Until the full scope of Islamic State crimes are unearthed and justice is delivered, our people will continue to suffer. Nadia Murad, Twin Cities, "Nadia Murad: The genocide against the Yazidi continues," 4 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of unearth

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Unearth.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unearth. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of unearth

: to find (something) that was buried in the earth
: to find or discover (something) that was hidden or lost


un·​earth | \ ˌən-ˈərth How to pronounce unearth (audio) \
unearthed; unearthing

Kids Definition of unearth

1 : to bring up from underground : dig up Pirates unearthed the buried treasure.
2 : to bring to light : uncover Reporters unearthed a scandal.

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