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 a succinct tweet, Twitter user @a_big_skeleton unearthed one of the series’ greatest mysteries. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Sophie Turner Is Likely the Reason for That Accidental "Game of Thrones" Coffee Cup Scene," 9 May 2019 Never one to wear standard fare, Clooney unearthed a special piece of vintage for the occasion. Vogue, "Amal Clooney Pulled Out Vintage Couture to Dine at Buckingham Palace," 13 Mar. 2019 Surveillance footage unearthed an older man digging up the trees and hoisting them into a car, leading to his arrest. WSJ, "‘Stealing Flowers Is Not Really Stealing’: Thieves Pick From a $35 Billion Garden," 20 Feb. 2019 Archeologists unearthed the diminutive figurine in 2017 during excavations at a site called Abel Beth Maacah, located just south of Israel’s border with Lebanon, near the modern-day town of Metula. Ilan Ben Zion, BostonGlobe.com, "Which mysterious biblical king is this? Scholars want to know," 9 June 2018 Archaeologists unearthed the diminutive figurine in 2017 during excavations at a site called Abel Beth Maacah, located just south of Israel's border with Lebanon, near the modern-day town of Metula. NBC News, "Sculpted head of mystery biblical king found in Israel," 9 June 2018 Archaeologists unearthed the diminutive figurine in 2017 during excavations at a site called Abel Beth Maacah, located just south of Israel's border with Lebanon, near the modern-day town of Metula. Bloomberg.com, "Sculpted Head of Mystery Biblical King Found in Israel," 9 June 2018 This is what paleontologist Pablo Gallina and his colleagues recently unearthed from a bed of 139-million-year-old rock in northern Patagonia, Argentina. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Newly Discovered Dinos Had Badass Bone Mohawks," 7 Feb. 2019 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

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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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