Delve Definition

delved, delves, delving
delved, delves, delving
To search deeply and laboriously.
Delved through the court records.
American Heritage
To investigate for information; search (into books, the past, etc.)
Webster's New World
To research or make inquiries into something.
Scientists delving into gene regulation.
American Heritage
To undertake an activity or occupation undeterred by difficulty or uncertainty.
Delved into writing a blog.
American Heritage
To dig with a spade.
Webster's New World
A den or pit dug out.
Webster's New World

Origin of Delve

  • 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

  • Middle English delven to dig from Old English delfan

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


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