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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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 The band will unearth seven shows from the Radiohead Public Library archive on YouTube, kicking off with a January 16th, 2008 performance at London’s 93 Feet East. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, "Radiohead Revive Their Archival Concert Series With Rare ‘In Rainbows’-Era Show," 6 Apr. 2021 At the same time, scientists working on coronaviruses continue to unearth and report evidence to support the natural evolution and spillover of the virus from animals. James Gorman, BostonGlobe.com, "Some scientists question WHO inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic’s origins," 5 Mar. 2021 Investigators could unearth fresh facts and punish culpable officials. Washington Post, "China scrubs evidence of Xinjiang clampdown amid ‘genocide’ debate," 17 Mar. 2021 Nine years later, Mateo is now happily married to Olivia when a shocking call from Olivia’s phone plunges Mateo into a frenetic race to unearth the truth and prove his innocence. Sheena Scott, Forbes, "‘The Innocent’ Trailer: New Harlan Coben Adaptation From Spain On Netflix," 5 Mar. 2021 At the same time, scientists working on coronaviruses continue to unearth and report evidence to support the natural evolution and spillover of the virus from animals. James Gorman, BostonGlobe.com, "Some scientists question WHO inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic’s origins," 5 Mar. 2021 Scientists are on a mission to unearth the ultimate truth — without a bias or agenda. Denarra Simmons, Essence, "Why The Black Community Should Double Down On Science Right Now, Not Fear It," 24 Feb. 2021 At the same time, scientists working on coronaviruses continue to unearth and report evidence to support the natural evolution and spillover of the virus from animals. James Gorman, BostonGlobe.com, "Some scientists question WHO inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic’s origins," 5 Mar. 2021 At the same time, scientists working on coronaviruses continue to unearth and report evidence to support the natural evolution and spillover of the virus from animals. James Gorman, New York Times, "Some Scientists Question W.H.O. Inquiry Into the Coronavirus Pandemic’s Origins," 4 Mar. 2021

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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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10 Apr 2021

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“Unearth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unearth. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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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