Excavate meaning

ĕkskə-vāt
To remove by digging or scooping out.
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Excavate is defined as to dig a hole, or to uncover and remove something from the ground.

When a home builder digs a big hole to create the basement of a house, this is an example of when he excavates.

When scientists carefully dig up dirt because they believe important artifacts are buried underneath, this is an example of when they excavate.

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To make a hole in; hollow out.

Excavate an ore-rich hillside.

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To expose or uncover by or as if by digging.

Excavate an archaeological site.

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To form by hollowing out.
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To engage in digging, hollowing out, or removing.
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To make a hole or cavity in, as by digging; hollow out.
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To form by hollowing out; dig.

To excavate a tunnel.

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To uncover or expose by digging; unearth.

To excavate ancient ruins.

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To dig out (earth, soil, etc.)
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To make an excavation.
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To make a hole in (something); to hollow.
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To remove part of (something) by scooping or digging it out.
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To uncover (something) by removing its covering.
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(zoology) A major grouping of unicellular eukaryotes, of the clade Excavata.
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Origin of excavate

  • Latin excavāre excavāt- to hollow out ex- ex- cavāre to hollow (from cavus hollow keuə- in Indo-European roots)

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

  • Known since 1599, from Latin excavātus (“hollowed out”), perfect passive participle of excavō (“hollow out”), from ex (“out”) + cavō (“make a hole”), from cavus (“cave, hole”).

    From Wiktionary