Delve definition

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To search deeply and laboriously.

Delved through the court records.

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To enter or move into an area in which movement is difficult.

The explorers delved into the forest.

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To discuss or explain something, especially in detail.

The article delves into the problems facing the banking system.

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(archaic) To dig (ground) with a spade.
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To investigate for information; search (into books, the past, etc.)
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(intransitive) To dig the ground, especially with a shovel.
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(intransitive) To search thoroughly and carefully for information, research, dig into, penetrate, fathom, trace out.
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To delve is defined as to jump into researching something or to dig around looking for something.

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.

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To dig the ground, as with a spade.
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(chiefly brit., now dial.) To dig with a spade.
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To research or make inquiries into something.

Scientists delving into gene regulation.

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To undertake an activity or occupation undeterred by difficulty or uncertainty.

Delved into writing a blog.

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(chiefly brit., now dial.) To dig or turn up (ground)
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(obs.) A den or pit dug out.
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(intransitive) To dig, to excavate.
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(now rare) A pit or den.
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Origin of delve

  • Middle English delven to dig from Old English delfan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English delven, delfan (“to dig, examine, bury, imbed, implant”), from Old English delfan (“to dig, dig out, burrow, bury”), from Proto-Germanic *delbaną, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰelbʰ- (“to dig”). Compare Dutch delven.

    From Wiktionary