excavate
verb (-vated; -vating) Etymology: Latin excavatus, past participle of excavare, from ex- + cavare to make hollow — more at cavatina Date: 1599 transitive verb 1. to form a cavity or hole in 2. to form by hollowing out 3. to dig out and remove 4. to expose to view by or as if by digging away a covering <
excavate the remains of a temple
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intransitive verb to make excavations

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  • Excavate — Ex ca*vate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Excavated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Excavating}.] [L. excavatus, p. p. of excavare to excavate; ex out + cavare to make hollow, cavus hollow. See {Cave}.] 1. To hollow out; to form cavity or hole in; to make hollow by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • excavate — [eks′kə vāt΄] vt. excavated, excavating [< L excavatus, pp. of excavare < ex , out + cavare, to make hollow < cavus, hollow: see CAVE] 1. to make a hole or cavity in, as by digging; hollow out 2. to form by hollowing out; dig [to… …   English World dictionary

  • excavate — index disinter, extract Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • excavate — 1590s, from L. excavatus, pp. of excavare to hollow out, from ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + cavare to hollow, hollow out, from cavus cave (see CAVE (Cf. cave)). Related: Excavated; excavating …   Etymology dictionary

  • excavate — *dig, delve, spade, grub …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • excavate — [v] dig up burrow, cut, delve, empty, gouge, grub, hollow, mine, quarry, scoop, scrape, shovel, spade, trench, tunnel, uncover, unearth; concept 178 Ant. fill …   New thesaurus

  • excavate — ► VERB 1) make (a hole or channel) by digging. 2) extract (material) from the ground by digging. 3) carefully remove earth from (an area) in order to find buried remains. DERIVATIVES excavation noun excavator noun. ORIGIN Latin excavare hollow… …   English terms dictionary

  • Excavate — This article is about the protist group. For the process of digging, see Excavation (disambiguation). Excavates Giardia lamblia, a parasitic diplomonad Scientific classification …   Wikipedia

  • excavate — [[t]e̱kskəveɪt[/t]] excavates, excavating, excavated 1) VERB When archaeologists or other people excavate a piece of land, they remove earth carefully from it and look for things such as pots, bones, or buildings which are buried there, in order… …   English dictionary

  • excavate — verb ADVERB ▪ completely, fully ▪ The area has not yet been fully excavated. ▪ extensively ▪ partially, partly ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • excavate — UK [ˈekskəveɪt] / US [ˈekskəˌveɪt] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms excavate : present tense I/you/we/they excavate he/she/it excavates present participle excavating past tense excavated past participle excavated a) to dig in the ground… …   English dictionary

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