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Definition of exhume verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

exhume

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//eksˈhjuːm//
 
, BrE//ɪɡˈzjuːm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzuːm//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they exhume
BrE BrE//eksˈhjuːm//
 
, BrE//ɪɡˈzjuːm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzuːm//
 
he / she / it exhumes
BrE BrE//eksˈhjuːmz//
 
, BrE//ɪɡˈzjuːmz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzuːmz//
 
past simple exhumed
BrE BrE//eksˈhjuːmd//
 
, BrE//ɪɡˈzjuːmd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzuːmd//
 
past participle exhumed
BrE BrE//eksˈhjuːmd//
 
, BrE//ɪɡˈzjuːmd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzuːmd//
 
-ing form exhuming
BrE BrE//eksˈhjuːmɪŋ//
 
, BrE//ɪɡˈzjuːmɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪɡˈzuːmɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] exhume something (formal) to remove a dead body from the ground especially in order to examine how the person died synonym dig up The body was exhumed on the order of the judge. Word Origin late Middle English: from medieval Latin exhumare, from ex- ‘out of’ + humus ‘ground’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: exhume