- 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
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Examples from the Web for excavated
Today, I took in the whole giant dig, with hundreds of the soldiers on view and thousands more waiting to be excavated.To Serve and Protect
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The land was developed for homes in 1974, but residents were relocated while the area was excavated and rebuilt in 1988.Our Most Polluted States
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Let this be as it may, we found nothing of any value in the agglomerate in which the Egyptians had excavated.Freeland
The amphitheatre is still in existence, and was excavated in 1887.Pagan and Christian Rome
To return to the site first found, the hill fort of Dunbuie, excavated in 1896.The Clyde Mystery
If the ground is soft a small grave is excavated at the bottom of the larger one.The Faith of Islam
The walls and ceiling were rough and irregular; it was natural instead of excavated.The Cosmic Computer
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- 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
C16: from Latin excavāre, from cavāre to make hollow, from cavus hollow
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Word Origin and History for excavated
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