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excavate

[ eks-kuh-veyt ]
/ 藞蓻ks k蓹藢ve瑟t /
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verb (used with object), ex路ca路vat路ed, ex路ca路vat路ing.
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.
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Origin of excavate

1590鈥1600; <Latin excav膩tus (past participle of excav膩re to hollow out), equivalent to ex-ex-1 + cav(um) hollow, cave + -膩tus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM excavate

re路ex路ca路vate, verb (used with object), re路ex路ca路vat路ed, re路ex路ca路vat路ing.un路ex路ca路vat路ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for excavate

excavate
/ (藞蓻ksk蓹藢ve瑟t) /

verb
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

Derived forms of excavate

excavation, noun

Word Origin for excavate

C16: from Latin excav膩re, from cav膩re to make hollow, from cavus hollow
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