verb (used with object)

to dig or get out of the earth; dig up.
to uncover or bring to light by search, inquiry, etc.: The lawyer unearthed new evidence.

Nearby words

  1. une,
  2. unearned,
  3. unearned income,
  4. unearned increment,
  5. unearned run,
  6. unearthly,
  7. unease,
  8. uneasy,
  9. uneasy lies the head that wears a crown,
  10. uneatable

Origin of unearth

First recorded in 1400–50, unearth is from the late Middle English word unerthen. See un-2, earth

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verb (tr)

to dig up out of the earth
to reveal or discover, esp by exhaustive searching
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Word Origin and History for unearth



"to dig up," mid-15c., from un- (2) + earth (v.) "to bury in the ground" (see earth). Related: Unearthed; unearthing.

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