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Definition of excavate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they excavate
    he / she / it excavates
    past simple excavated
    -ing form excavating
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  1. 1to dig in the ground to look for old buildings or objects that have been buried for a long time; to find something by digging in this way excavate something The site has been excavated by archaeologists. excavate something from something pottery and weapons excavated from the burial site
  2. 2excavate something (formal) to make a hole, etc. in the ground by digging The body was discovered when builders excavated the area.
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