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

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An old document was unearthed from the files. They unearthed evidence that he had accepted bribes.
Recent Examples on the Web While experiencing a confrontation, even subconsciously, can be draining, reflection can unearth some valuable insights. Michella Oré, Glamour, "What Does It Mean When You Dream About Your Ex?," 30 Dec. 2020 These moments intensify as the series goes on, extending back past Cassie’s time in Bangkok to unearth repressed memories from her childhood. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "A Hot Mess Caught in a Caper in “The Flight Attendant”," 28 Dec. 2020 In every episode of Window Shop, the C/D crew seems to unearth some new controversy. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "Automotive Guilty Pleasures: Window Shop with Car and Driver," 25 Dec. 2020 Wizner says the pandemic has been especially challenging for Kaleck, whose efforts are not some grim drive to continuously unearth the most terrible acts committed by humankind, but a way to make connections and understand the world. Nate Berg, The New Republic, "The Man Who Wants to Take Down Bashar Al Assad," 14 Dec. 2020 It was called primal therapy, and it was based on the notion that most adult neuroses and mental strife could be ameliorated by deliberate, supervised regression into childhood, a process that would unearth some form of early-life trauma. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "The Raw Sounds of Rico Nasty," 7 Dec. 2020 Spurred by a breakfast meeting Harshaw had with Colonial Williamsburg president Cliff Fleet in March, the excavation is intended to unearth the history that’s been hidden for decades and reintegrate it into the museum. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "The Quest to Unearth One of America’s Oldest Black Churches," 26 Nov. 2020 The idea is to provide a full-service team that can unearth new business opportunities and handle all aspects of a sponsorship package, negotiation and sale, said Mr. Thompson. Sahil Patel, WSJ, "Bruin Sports Capital-Backed Two Circles Buys Sponsorship Firm TRM Partners," 16 Nov. 2020 Earlier this month, archaeologists in Colonial Williamsburg broke ground on a project set to unearth the history of one of America’s oldest black congregations. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeologists Are Excavating One of the Nation’s Oldest Black Churches," 21 Sep. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unearth. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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


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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