excavate excavate  /ˈɛk skə ˌveɪt/


  1. (v) recover through digging
  2. (v) find by digging in the ground
  3. (v) form by hollowing
  4. (v) remove the inner part or the core of


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  1. He determines who will excavate in Egypt and when and where.
  2. A 1965 attempt to locate and excavate the blazethe only way to extinguish an anthracite firewas abandoned when local funds ran out.
  3. The questionnaire leaves no stone unturned in its 63-part effort to excavate any personal or professional transgressions in a candidate's past.


  1. FBI, cops in body hunt at Queens home of 'Goodfellas' mobster played by Robert De Niro

    Dennisthephotog.com UNDER-COVER OUTFIT: Feds armed with a jackhammer yesterday prepare to excavate the tent-covered driveway of late mobster Jimmy Burke in hopes of finding a body. Organized-crime investigators swooped in on the Queens home of James “Jimmy the Gent” Burke yesterday — digging for human remains in the driveway, back...
    on June 18, 2013     Source: New York Post

  2. Hunting for an E.T. Castoff in a Most Terrestrial Place

    A company plans to excavate a landfill in the New Mexico desert where Atari is rumored to have dumped millions of copies of the video game E.T. after it flopped in 1983.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: New York Times

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  1. "Many hundreds more fossils from this dig await preparation and there is much more material left to excavate," Hocknull said.
    on Jul 3, 2009 By: Scott Hocknull Source: AFP

  2. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said to reporters that the removals were "not done in a very, very delicate way, folks. [The grave diggers] would excavate a grave and would proceed to dump the remains wherever they found a place to do it in the back of...
    on Jul 10, 2009 By: Tom Dart Source: College News

  3. "What dykes can we build? Where do we get materials for the dykes? Do we excavate the sea bed? We are into a very serious problem," Lee said.
    on Apr 24, 2007 By: Lee Kuan Yew Source: Reuters India

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