- Exhume is defined as to dig up a body from the ground, or to bring back something that was formerly hidden or unknown.
- When you need to dig up the body of someone who was buried a year ago because it turns out that she may have been murdered and you need to get evidence, this is an example of when you exhume.
- When a museum worker finds an old scroll in the museum's warehouse and puts it on display, this is an example of how the worker exumes the scroll.
exhume definition by Webster's New World
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- exhumation noun
exhume definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb ex·humed, ex·hum·ing, ex·humes
- To remove from a grave; disinter.
- To bring to light, especially after a period of obscurity.
Origin: French exhumer, from Medieval Latin exhumāre : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin humus, ground; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots.
- exˌhu·maˈtion noun
- ex·humˈer noun