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[uhn-urth] /ʌnˈɜrθ/
verb (used with object)
to dig or get out of the earth; dig up.
to uncover or bring to light by search, inquiry, etc.:
The lawyer unearthed new evidence.
Origin of unearth
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50, unearth is from the late Middle English word unerthen. See un-2, earth Unabridged
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  • Haggerty lifted a rock which they had unearthed and thrown to one side.

    The Great Drought Sterner St. Paul Meek
  • She had unearthed her check book, and was writing words and figures as angular as herself.

    Rope Holworthy Hall
  • I took a musty volume from Allen Clinton, which he had unearthed from its resting-place.

    A Master of Mysteries L. T. Meade
  • Indeed, he had been unearthed from a midnight carouse at a questionable restaurant.

    The Minister of Evil William Le Queux
  • After another quarter of an hour's work Barbados unearthed a bottle.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for unearthed


verb (transitive)
to dig up out of the earth
to reveal or discover, esp by exhaustive searching
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unearthed



"to dig up," mid-15c., from un- (2) + earth (v.) "to bury in the ground" (see earth). Related: Unearthed; unearthing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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