verb (used without object), delved, delv·ing.
verb (used with object), delved, delv·ing.
Origin of delve
Examples from the Web for delve
But what he doesn't do much of—and this is refreshing—is delve into the humungous What Does It All Mean?Heartache by the Numbers and OkCupid’s Founder Has Got Yours|Will Doig|October 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Or they can try the Ron Wyden approach and use their resources to craft policy and delve into the operation of government.Voting for Slavery? Jim Wheeler Gets Into Hot Water|Jamelle Bouie|October 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Some delve into city infrastructure—subway tunnels, bridges, even sewers.Urban Explorers Face Sewage, Rats, Vertigo, Claustrophobia and Cops|Josh Dzieza|October 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Lewis attempts to delve into why Benson is a detective – citing possibly father issues (if only he knew).'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit's' Wild and Crazy 15th Season Premiere|Erin Cunningham|September 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Delve deeper and you run up against the social profanity that was lynching.What Got George Zimmerman Charged With Second-Degree Murder|Jelani Cobb|April 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He can also delve down to deeps which the other never essayed to fathom.Alone|Norman Douglas
I wanted to know, to question, to bruise, to delve into her heart.Crimes of Charity|Konrad Bercovici
Probably when you delve into the matter you will discover the fine Italian hand of your political boss.The Making of Bobby Burnit|George Randolph Chester
There was no time to delve into Mr. Crymble's motives just then.The Skipper and the Skipped|Holman Day
I would that I could delve beneath the surface and unearth some of its mysteries.The Red Tavern|Charles Raymond Macauley
verb (mainly intr; often foll by in or into)
Word Origin for delve
Old English delfan "to dig" (class III strong verb; past tense dealf, past participle dolfen), common West Germanic verb (cf. Old Saxon delban, Dutch delven, Middle High German telben "to dig"), from PIE root *dhelbh- (cf. Lithuanian delba "crowbar," Russian dolbit', Czech dlabati, Polish dłubać "to chisel;" Russian dolotó, Czech dlato, Polish dłuto "chisel"). Weak inflections emerged 14c.-16c. Related: Delved; delving.