Excavate - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈekskəveɪt|  American pronunciation of the word excavate
Brit.  |ˈɛkskəveɪt|  British pronunciation of the word excavate

verb

- recover through digging(syn: unearth)

Schliemann excavated Troy
excavate gold

- find by digging in the ground
- form by hollowing

Carnegie had a lake excavated for Princeton University's rowing team
excavate a cavity

- remove the inner part or the core of(syn: dig, hollow)

the mining company wants to excavate the hillside

Examples

They excavated an ancient city.

It is the first site to be excavated in this area.

They began excavating the backyard for their new pool.

The excess dirt was carefully excavated.

Schliemann excavated the ancient city of Troy.

Schliemann excavated Troy

Carnegie had a lake excavated for Princeton University's rowing team

the mining company wants to excavate the hillside

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: excavate
he/she/it: excavates
present participle: excavating
past tense: excavated
past participle: excavated
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