unearth

verb un·earth \ ˌən-ˈərth \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

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

Examples of unearth in a Sentence

  1. An old document was unearthed from the files.

  2. They unearthed evidence that he had accepted bribes.

Recent Examples of unearth from the Web

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First Known Use of unearth

15th century

unearth Synonyms

Synonyms
disinter, exhume
Antonyms
bury, entomb, inhume, inter, tomb

Synonym Discussion of unearth

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

UNEARTH Defined for English Language Learners

unearth

verb

Definition of unearth for English Language Learners

  • : to find (something) that was buried in the earth

  • : to find or discover (something) that was hidden or lost


UNEARTH Defined for Kids

unearth

verb un·earth \ ˌən-ˈərth \

Definition of unearth for Students

unearthed; unearthing
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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