unearth

verb
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for unearth

Synonyms

disinter, exhume

Antonyms

bury, entomb, inhume, inter, tomb

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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.

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In the latest unearthed relic from the blog, Express has learned that Meghan's mom, Doria Ragland, had the cutest nickname for her growing up: Flower. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Reveals the Adorable Nickname Her Mom, Doria Ragland, Has Called Her Since She Was a Kid," 3 Feb. 2019 Survive the perils of The Depths and unearth what lies below... or die trying. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Long-awaited survival game Below is out next week," 6 Dec. 2018 Shipwreck hunters spent eight days this summer unearthing and examining the remains of the ship. Fox News, "Mysterious shipwreck reveals its secrets: Wreck may be Lake Erie’s oldest," 15 Oct. 2018 Someone at Liberty High is threatening witnesses into lying on the stand. Risking danger, characters speak out and unearth some major revelations about Hannah's last month in the process. refinery29.com, "A Breakdown Of Every Dramatic Deposition In 13 Reasons Why," 22 May 2018 Vintage Italian finds were purchased on trips to Europe, and key pieces were unearthed in antiques stores in East Hampton, where the couple have a weekend home. Nick Sullivan, ELLE Decor, "A Snug New York Bachelor Pad Is Morphed Into a Swank and Spacious Home," 20 Nov. 2018 According to Israeli media reports, a cache of bronze coins from that time was found in 2014 in a village near Jerusalem and more were unearthed in a cave by the Temple Mount in 2018, from the second and fourth years of the rebellion. Yori Yalon, Jewish Journal, "Rare coin minted 1,900 years ago discovered in Jerusalem," 5 July 2018 Judicial Watch tonight has released hundreds of pages, brand-new for the first time unearthed emails from Hillary Clinton's illicit email server. Fox News, "Nunes and Meadows call for release of FBI text messages," 25 Apr. 2018 Journalists have unearthed several instances of misrepresentation to date. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook political ad tools are ripe for trolling," 1 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of unearth

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unearth was in the 15th century

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unearth

verb

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

unearth

verb
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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