[ US /ˈɛkskəˌveɪt/ ]
[ UK /ˈɛkskəvˌe‍ɪt/ ]
  1. remove the inner part or the core of
    the mining company wants to excavate the hillside
  2. recover through digging
    Schliemann excavated Troy
    excavate gold
  3. find by digging in the ground
    I dug up an old box in the garden
  4. form by hollowing
    Carnegie had a lake excavated for Princeton University's rowing team
    excavate a cavity
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How To Use excavate In A Sentence

  • I could perceive no trace of a metallic vein, so thoroughly had it been worked out, but scattered over the hillside with schist, talcose slate, and fragments of quartz, was a great deal of scoriae, showing that metal of some kind had been excavated, and that the smelting had been done on the spot. Wanderings by southern waters, eastern Aquitaine
  • However, the leats were not originally built to supply mills with power, but were excavated for the draining and reclamation of land between the city wall and the Exe.
  • He excavates the skull, and finds six handfuls of ambergris.
  • A team from the Oxford Archaeological Unit was engaged to excavate and reveal the archaeology for a public audience.
  • Nowadays tunnels are mainly lined with concrete segments or with concrete pumped in between the excavated ground and internal shuttering.
  • Tintagel Castle, the reputed birthplace of King Arthur, is being excavated professionally for the first time in more than 50 years.
  • In some cases, peat excavated from mines or reserve pits has been stockpiled.
  • Cemeteries also have been excavated at the small towns of Kalibangan and Lothal that essentially duplicate the evidence from Harappa.
  • Also, they must excavate to remove foundations and basements, and they must grade the site at the completion of the demolition job.
  • The household tax system of collecting articles by the nine grades families was reflected in the Wu Bamboo Slips excavated in Zhoumalou, Changsha.
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