Definitions for excavateˈɛks kəˌveɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ex•ca•vateˈɛks kəˌveɪt(v.t.)-vat•ed, -vat•ing.

  1. to form into a hollow, as by digging:

    The ground was excavated for a foundation.

    Category: Civil Engineering

  2. to make (a hole, tunnel, etc.) by removing material.

    Category: Civil Engineering

  3. to dig or scoop out (earth, sand, etc.).

    Category: Civil Engineering

  4. to expose or lay bare by or as if by digging; unearth.

Origin of excavate:

1590–1600; < L excavātus, ptp. of excavāre to hollow out

Princeton's WordNet

  1. excavate, unearth(verb)

    recover through digging

    "Schliemann excavated Troy"; "excavate gold"

  2. excavate, dig up, turn up(verb)

    find by digging in the ground

    "I dug up an old box in the garden"

  3. excavate(verb)

    form by hollowing

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

  4. excavate, dig, hollow(verb)

    remove the inner part or the core of

    "the mining company wants to excavate the hillside"


  1. excavate(Verb)

    To make a hole in (something); to hollow.

  2. excavate(Verb)

    To remove part of (something) by scooping or digging it out.

  3. excavate(Verb)

    To uncover (something) by removing its covering.

  4. Origin: Known since 1599, from excavatus, perfect passive participle of excavo, from ex + cavo, from cavus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Excavate(verb)

    to hollow out; to form cavity or hole in; to make hollow by cutting, scooping, or digging; as, to excavate a ball; to excavate the earth

  2. Excavate(verb)

    to form by hollowing; to shape, as a cavity, or anything that is hollow; as, to excavate a canoe, a cellar, a channel

  3. Excavate(verb)

    to dig out and remove, as earth


  1. Excavate

    The excavates are a major subgroup of unicellular eukaryotes, often known as Excavata. The phylogenetic category Excavata, proposed by Cavalier-Smith in 2002, contains a variety of free-living and symbiotic forms, and also includes some important parasites of humans.

Translations for excavate

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to dig up (a piece of ground etc) or to dig out (a hole) by doing this.

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