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excavate

ex·ca·vate

excavate

 
 
pronunciation:
ek sk veIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: excavated, excavates, excavating
definition 1: to make a hole or cavity in by digging or scooping out the interior portion.
 
synonyms:
gouge, hollow out, scoop
similar words:
burrow, cave, cavern, dig, hole, pit, quarry, shovel, spade, unearth
definition 2: to form (a hole, tunnel, or the like) by digging out material.
synonyms:
hollow out, scoop, tunnel
similar words:
burrow, cave, cavern, channel
definition 3: to expose by digging away overlying material; unearth.
synonyms:
unearth
similar words:
bare, dig out, disinter, exhume, expose, mine, quarry, shovel, stope, uncover
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to expose an archaeological site.
similar words:
dig
definition 2: to engage in digging out material or hollowing out something.
synonyms:
dig, scoop
similar words:
burrow, hole, mine, tunnel
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