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 While there, the priests unearth shocking secrets of the town’s history. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 15 Feb. 2022 But The Girl From Plainville feels like a solemn attempt to honor that first instinctive request, digging beyond the most salacious details to unearth a compassionate and devastating portrait of two teens in trouble. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Mar. 2022 That is until last summer, when a staff member set out to unearth the iconic piece and found it in an unlikely spot. Dan Heching, PEOPLE.com, 10 Mar. 2022 Museo Frida Kahlo did not unearth the collection for 50 years. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, 6 Apr. 2022 As those arguments consume statehouses and school boards, descendants continue to unearth family histories, and in some cases meet each other. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2022 Researchers hope that these core samples will unearth answers to some of the region’s deepest geologic mysteries. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 19 Mar. 2022 The virtue of Victoria Lawal’s Marcy was to unearth the banality of administrators. Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2022 If there’s a unique talent on the Dolphins, McDaniel needs to unearth it. Hal Habib, USA TODAY, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unearth

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 May 2022

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“Unearth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unearth. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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