What does excavate mean?

Definitions for excavateˈɛks kəˌveɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word excavate.

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

  4. Origin: [L. excavatus, p. p. of excavare to excavate; ex out + cavare to make hollow, cavus hollow. See Cave.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Excavate

    eks′ka-vāt, v.t. to hollow or scoop out: to dig out.—ns. Excavā′tion, act of excavating: a hollow or cavity made by excavating; Ex′cavator, one who excavates: a machine used for excavating. [L. excavāreex, out, cavus, hollow.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of excavate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of excavate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Nicholas Reeves:

    The key is to excavate slowly and carefully and record well. The fact is this isn't a race. All archaeology is disruption. We can't go back and re-do it, so we have to do it well in the first place, i’m feeling more certain today than I expected to be.

  2. Nick Elsden:

    Construction for Crossrail is providing rare and exciting opportunities for archaeologists to excavate and study areas of London that would ordinarily be inaccessible, there are up to 19.6 feet of archaeology on site, in what is one of the oldest areas of the city, so we stand to learn a great deal.

  3. Ric Gillespie:

    If we were continuing to excavate the castaway campsite at the southeast end of the atoll I would say that we could ‘expect’ to make further discoveries, it’s an established archaeological site where we know a castaway died - apparently female and of Earhart’s height and ethnic origin - and where we have found artifacts that speak of an American woman of the 1930s.

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