[eks-kuh-veyt] /ˈɛks kəˌveɪt/

verb (used with object), excavated, excavating.
to make hollow by removing the inner part; make a hole or cavity in; form into a hollow, as by digging:
The ground was excavated for a foundation.
to make (a hole, tunnel, etc.) by removing material.
to dig or scoop out (earth, sand, etc.).
to expose or lay bare by or as if by digging; unearth:
to excavate an ancient city.
to remove (soil, earth, etc) by digging; dig out
to make (a hole, cavity, or tunnel) in (solid matter) by hollowing or removing the centre or inner part: to excavate a tooth
to unearth (buried objects) methodically in an attempt to discover information about the past

1590s, from Latin excavatus, past participle of excavare “to hollow out,” from ex- “out” (see ex-) + cavare “to hollow, hollow out,” from cavus “cave” (see cave (n.)). Related: Excavated; excavating.


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