excavate verb definition in Describing architecture topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

excavate

 verb: Describing architecture topic
1 to 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. The area has not yet been fully excavated. excavate something from something pottery and weapons excavated from the burial site2 excavate 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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