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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Examples from the Web for unearthed

Contemporary Examples of unearthed

Historical Examples of unearthed

  • Haggerty lifted a rock which they had unearthed and thrown to one side.

    The Great Drought

    Sterner St. Paul Meek

  • She had unearthed her check book, and was writing words and figures as angular as herself.


    Holworthy Hall

  • I took a musty volume from Allen Clinton, which he had unearthed from its resting-place.

  • Indeed, he had been unearthed from a midnight carouse at a questionable restaurant.

    The Minister of Evil

    William Le Queux

  • After another quarter of an hour's work Barbados unearthed a bottle.

    The Pirate of Panama

    William MacLeod Raine

British Dictionary definitions for unearthed


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 unearthed



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

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