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ex·ca·vate

excavate

 
 
pronunciation:
ek sk veIt
part of speech: verb
inflections: excavates, excavating, excavated
definition 1: to make a hole or hollow place in by digging.
The builders are excavating the ground where the new house will be.
 
synonyms:
gouge, hollow out, scoop
similar words:
dig, pit, quarry, shovel, spade, unearth
definition 2: to uncover by digging.
Archaeologists excavated the ancient city.
synonyms:
unearth
similar words:
bare, dig out, expose, mine, quarry, shovel, uncover