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Definition 1: find by digging in the ground - [verb of contact]

Samples where excavate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I dug up an old box in the garden

Synonyms for excavate in the sense of this definition

(excavate is a kind of ...) come into possession of

"How did you obtain the visa?"

(... is a kind of excavate ) dig up

"grub up roots and tree stumps"

(... is a kind of excavate ) dig out with the snout

"the pig nuzzled the truffle"

(... is a kind of excavate ) dig up for reburial or for medical investigation; of dead bodies

(excavate has a similar meaning as ...) discover the location of; determine the place of; find by searching or examining

"Can you locate your cousins in the Midwest?" "My search turned up nothing"

Definition 2: remove the inner part or the core of - [verb of contact]

Samples where excavate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the mining company wants to excavate the hillside

Synonyms for excavate in the sense of this definition

(excavate is a kind of ...) remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

"remove a threat" "remove a wrapper" "Remove the dirty dishes from the table" "take the gun from your pocket" "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"

(... is a kind of excavate ) excavate horizontally

"drive a tunnel"

(... is a kind of excavate ) cut a trench in, as for drainage

"ditch the land to drain it" "trench the fields"

Definition 3: form by hollowing - [verb of contact]

Samples where excavate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Carnegie had a lake excavated for Princeton University's rowing team
  • excavate a cavity

(excavate is a kind of ...) remove the interior of

"hollow out a tree trunk"

Definition 4: recover through digging - [verb of perception]

Samples where excavate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Schliemann excavated Troy
  • excavate gold

Synonyms for excavate in the sense of this definition

(excavate is a kind of ...) make visible

"Summer brings out bright clothes" "He brings out the best in her"

(... is a kind of excavate ) remove, harvest, or recover by digging

"dig salt" "dig coal"

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