unearth

verb
un·​earth | \ ˌən-ˈərth \
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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According to Fressange, the trick to unearthing a treasure at the Marché aux Puces is to go in without looking for anything in particular at all. Lindsey Tramuta, Condé Nast Traveler, "Ines de la Fressange and Marin Montagut on How to Achieve 'Parisian Chic'," 1 Oct. 2018 Lennon has unearthed many sites that offer a trip down memory lane, such as Rockwell Lanes in Gettysburg, the last remaining duckpin bowling alley in Pennsylvania. Michael Milne, Philly.com, "Field-Tested Travel Tip: Back in time with Retro Roadmap," 1 June 2018 And investigators soon unearthed phone records that revealed Donnie Brantley had begun calling an ex-girlfriend within days after Marsha disappeared. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Was a missing Tennessee woman murdered or did she willingly disappear?," 7 Apr. 2018 Three years later, Retallack obtained the funding to return with a team of researchers from the university, the Bureau of Land Management, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to unearth and analyze the prints. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "Rare Mammoth Tracks Reveal an Intimate Portrait of Herd Life," 26 Feb. 2018 Nevertheless, this latest discovery is not a common practice, and none of the other skulls unearthed from the site thus far has had a stone in its mouth. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Fifth-century child’s skeleton shows evidence of “vampire burial”," 13 Oct. 2018 Scientists studying bones unearthed from an ancient tomb in China’s Shaanxi Province have discovered the remains of a new but totally extinct species of ape. James Rogers, Fox News, "Mysterious remains of extinct ape discovered in ancient Chinese tomb," 22 June 2018 Artifacts unearthed from ancient Babylon, China, and Persia show that fingerprints were often used on clay tablets and seals for business transactions and official documents. Rod Mccullom, The Atlantic, "Drug Use Is Detectable on Your Fingerprints," 13 Apr. 2018 In the email, unearthed from a company report by the San Diego Union-Tribune, Ace Parking CEO John Baumgardner says that demand for parking at hotels in San Diego has dropped by 5 to 10%, while restaurant valet demand is down 25%. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Yes, Uber Really Is Killing the Parking Business," 24 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of unearth

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \
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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