- When you jump into researching the question of global warming, this is an example of a situation where you delve into the topic.
- When you dig around in your purse to try to find your wallet, this is an example of a situation where you delve into your purse.
To delve is defined as to jump into researching something or to dig around looking for something.
- Chiefly Brit., Now Dial. to dig with a spade
- to investigate for information; search (into books, the past, etc.)
Origin of delveMiddle English delven ; from Old English delfan, to dig, akin to Old High German (bi)telban, to bury, Dutch delven ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dhelbh-, to dig out from source Czech dlubati, to hollow out
Chiefly Brit., Now Dial. to dig or turn up (ground)
Obs. a den or pit dug out
verbdelved, delv·ing, delves
- To search deeply and laboriously: delved through the court records.
- a. To research or make inquiries into something: scientists delving into gene regulation.b. To undertake an activity or occupation undeterred by difficulty or uncertainty: delved into writing a blog.c. To discuss or explain something, especially in detail: The article delves into the problems facing the banking system.
- To enter or move into an area in which movement is difficult: The explorers delved into the forest.
- To dig the ground, as with a spade.
Archaic To dig (ground) with a spade.
Origin of delveMiddle English delven, to dig, from Old English delfan.
(third-person singular simple present delves, present participle delving, simple past delved or obsolete dalf, past participle delved or obsolete dolven)