Definition of excavate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    excavate

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈɛkskəˌveɪt//
     
    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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