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.

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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Historical Examples of unearth

  • He knew every corner of it, and he intended to unearth Meg and the children if they were to be found.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • "There's nothing to unearth, papa," said the younger daughter.

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

  • Hogs often unearth and consume most of the seeds needed for a good growth.

    Agriculture for Beginners

    Charles William Burkett

  • But admitting that he could unearth anything about her, could he write the life of a saint?

    En Route

    J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans

  • Then, poor fellow, we must unearth his body and lay it in the hut, covering him up.

    Across the Spanish Main

    Harry Collingwood

British Dictionary definitions for unearth


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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