excavate - definition and synonyms

verb [intransitive/transitive] 

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/ˈekskəveɪt/
present tense
I/you/we/theyexcavate
he/she/itexcavates
present participleexcavating
past tenseexcavated
past participleexcavated
  1. to dig in the ground in order to find things from the past
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    1. a.
      formal to dig a large hole in the ground
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