- 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.
Origin of delve
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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
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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
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Some delve into city infrastructure—subway tunnels, bridges, even sewers.Urban Explorers Face Sewage, Rats, Vertigo, Claustrophobia and Cops
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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
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Delve deeper and you run up against the social profanity that was lynching.What Got George Zimmerman Charged With Second-Degree Murder
April 12, 2012
The latter, with little hesitation, allowed him to delve into official secrets.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Delve from the surface of your sphere to its heart, and at once your radius joins every other.
It is not necessary to delve deeply into the characters of these citizens of Forks.The Night Riders
The more you delve into the religions of the Americans the more anomalies you find.As A Chinaman Saw Us
I wanted to know, to question, to bruise, to delve into her heart.Crimes of Charity
- 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
Word Origin and History 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.