- to make hollow by removing the inner part; make a hole or cavity in; form into a hollow, as by digging: The ground was excavated for a foundation.
- to make (a hole, tunnel, etc.) by removing material.
- to dig or scoop out (earth, sand, etc.).
- to expose or lay bare by or as if by digging; unearth: to excavate an ancient city.
Origin of excavate
Related Words for excavateunearth, uncover, shovel, scrape, gouge, cut, quarry, grub, tunnel, mine, hollow, trench, scoop, burrow, spade, delve, empty
Examples from the Web for excavate
Contemporary Examples of excavate
There have been attempts to excavate the remains, and many have been removed over the past half-decade.A WWII Battle Frozen in Time
May 14, 2014
In the years since, Alford has worked hard to excavate what she really feels.JFK’s Intern-Mistress Mimi Alford Confesses, ‘I Did Love Him’
February 10, 2012
However, de-miners crawling on their bellies to identify, excavate, and destroy mines remain the default modus operandi.Diana Landmine Conspiracies Return
June 6, 2010
Historical Examples of excavate
They were men who had studied Greek history and Greek art and they planned to excavate Olympia.Buried Cities, Part 2
Excavate: with a depression that is not the segment of a circle.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
Aren't they ever going to excavate it like they did Pompeii?The Jolliest School of All
It took an average of 35 shifts to excavate one row of caissons.Concrete Construction
Halbert P. Gillette
The top was absolutely flat and of some depth, as it was so hard to excavate.Madge Morton's Victory
Amy D.V. Chalmers
- to remove (soil, earth, etc) by digging; dig out
- to make (a hole, cavity, or tunnel) in (solid matter) by hollowing or removing the centre or inner partto excavate a tooth
- to unearth (buried objects) methodically in an attempt to discover information about the past