to carry on intensive and thorough research for data, information, or the like; investigate: to delve into the issue of prison reform.
Archaic. to dig, as with a spade.
Archaic. to dig; excavate.
- delver, noun
- un·delved, adjective
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How to use delve in a sentence
He and Mathew Crowther, an ecologist at the University of Sydney, delved into museum collections of dingo skulls, collected from across three areas that have been exposed to 1080 for about 50 to 60 years, and one region where baiting is banned.Culling dingoes with poison may be making them bigger | Jake Buehler | August 19, 2020 | Science News
Rowan Moore Gerety delves into why America’s once-vibrant manufacturing sector, which switched nimbly to a war footing in the 1940s, now can’t churn out enough masks and equipment to keep citizens safe.
Its app has videos and interactive books that teach not just the obvious subjects, like phonics and math, but also delve into music and social awareness.
In early July, the company launched a Canticos Bilingual Preschool app, replete with videos and interactive books that teach not just the obvious subjects, like phonics and math, but also delve into music and social awareness.Your Kids Need a Dose of Bilingual Culture? He Can Help | Nick Fouriezos | August 9, 2020 | Ozy
Researchers have since found many examples of physiological arousal leading to emotional arousal, but they wanted to delve deeper into that link.How Your Heart Influences What You Perceive and Fear | Jordana Cepelewicz | July 6, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
It would work crossword puzzles or play Solitaire, while the Big Mind would delve deep into the subjects I wanted to write about.
It is best not to dig and delve for a meaning, Miss Tessa; society sanctions many phrases that you would not speak in sincerity.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline | Jennie M. Drinkwater
The more you delve into the religions of the Americans the more anomalies you find.As A Chinaman Saw Us | Anonymous
While thus equipping myself to become a brain merchant, it was inevitable that I should delve into sociology.Revolution and Other Essays | Jack London
It would be no unamusing task for an antiquary with human instincts to dig and delve until he had re-peopled every residence.Adventures and Enthusiasms | E. V. Lucas
No unexpected call could come to him, no fingers delve into the purse that he might now keep privately to himself.Married Life | May Edginton
British Dictionary definitions for delve
to inquire or research deeply or intensively (for information, etc): he delved in the Bible for quotations
to search or rummage (in a drawer, the pockets, etc)
(esp of an animal) to dig or burrow deeply (into the ground, etc)
(also tr) archaic, or dialect to dig or turn up (earth, a garden, etc), as with a spade
- delver, noun
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