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ex·ca·vate

 (ĕk′skə-vāt′)
v. ex·ca·vat·ed, ex·ca·vat·ing, ex·ca·vates
v.tr.
1. To make a hole in; hollow out: excavate an ore-rich hillside.
2. To form by hollowing out.
3. To remove by digging or scooping out.
4. To expose or uncover by or as if by digging: excavate an archaeological site.
v.intr.
To engage in digging, hollowing out, or removing.

[Latin excavāre, excavāt-, to hollow out : ex-, ex- + cavāre, to hollow (from cavus, hollow; see keuə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]

excavate

(ˈɛkskəˌveɪt)
vb
1. to remove (soil, earth, etc) by digging; dig out
2. to make (a hole, cavity, or tunnel) in (solid matter) by hollowing or removing the centre or inner part: to excavate a tooth.
3. (Archaeology) to unearth (buried objects) methodically in an attempt to discover information about the past
[C16: from Latin excavāre, from cavāre to make hollow, from cavus hollow]
ˌexcaˈvation n
ˌexcaˈvational adj

ex•ca•vate

(ˈɛks kəˌveɪt)

v.t. -vat•ed, -vat•ing.
1. to form into a hollow, as by digging: The ground was excavated for a foundation.
2. to make (a hole, tunnel, etc.) by removing material.
3. to dig or scoop out (earth, sand, etc.).
4. to expose or lay bare by or as if by digging; unearth.
[1590–1600; < Latin excavātus, past participle of excavāre to hollow out]

excavate


Past participle: excavated
Gerund: excavating

Imperative
excavate
excavate
Present
I excavate
you excavate
he/she/it excavates
we excavate
you excavate
they excavate
Preterite
I excavated
you excavated
he/she/it excavated
we excavated
you excavated
they excavated
Present Continuous
I am excavating
you are excavating
he/she/it is excavating
we are excavating
you are excavating
they are excavating
Present Perfect
I have excavated
you have excavated
he/she/it has excavated
we have excavated
you have excavated
they have excavated
Past Continuous
I was excavating
you were excavating
he/she/it was excavating
we were excavating
you were excavating
they were excavating
Past Perfect
I had excavated
you had excavated
he/she/it had excavated
we had excavated
you had excavated
they had excavated
Future
I will excavate
you will excavate
he/she/it will excavate
we will excavate
you will excavate
they will excavate
Future Perfect
I will have excavated
you will have excavated
he/she/it will have excavated
we will have excavated
you will have excavated
they will have excavated
Future Continuous
I will be excavating
you will be excavating
he/she/it will be excavating
we will be excavating
you will be excavating
they will be excavating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been excavating
you have been excavating
he/she/it has been excavating
we have been excavating
you have been excavating
they have been excavating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been excavating
you will have been excavating
he/she/it will have been excavating
we will have been excavating
you will have been excavating
they will have been excavating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been excavating
you had been excavating
he/she/it had been excavating
we had been excavating
you had been excavating
they had been excavating
Conditional
I would excavate
you would excavate
he/she/it would excavate
we would excavate
you would excavate
they would excavate
Past Conditional
I would have excavated
you would have excavated
he/she/it would have excavated
we would have excavated
you would have excavated
they would have excavated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.excavate - recover through digging; "Schliemann excavated Troy"; "excavate gold"
bring out, reveal, uncover, unveil - make visible; "Summer brings out bright clothes"; "He brings out the best in her"
dig out, dig up, dig - remove, harvest, or recover by digging; "dig salt"; "dig coal"
2.excavate - find by digging in the groundexcavate - find by digging in the ground; "I dug up an old box in the garden"
grub out, grub up - dig up; "grub up roots and tree stumps"
nuzzle - dig out with the snout; "the pig nuzzled the truffle"
obtain - come into possession of; "How did you obtain the visa?"
locate, turn up - discover the location of; determine the place of; find by searching or examining; "Can you locate your cousins in the Midwest?"; "My search turned up nothing"
disinter, exhume - dig up for reburial or for medical investigation; of dead bodies
3.excavate - form by hollowing; "Carnegie had a lake excavated for Princeton University's rowing team"; "excavate a cavity"
core out, hollow out, hollow - remove the interior of; "hollow out a tree trunk"
4.excavate - remove the inner part or the core of; "the mining company wants to excavate the hillside"
remove, take away, withdraw, take - remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract; "remove a threat"; "remove a wrapper"; "Remove the dirty dishes from the table"; "take the gun from your pocket"; "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"
drive - excavate horizontally; "drive a tunnel"
trench, ditch - cut a trench in, as for drainage; "ditch the land to drain it"; "trench the fields"

excavate

verb
1. dig up, mine, dig, tunnel, scoop, cut, hollow, trench, burrow, quarry, delve, gouge A team of archaeologists is excavating the site.
2. unearth, expose, uncover, dig out, exhume, lay bare, bring to light, bring to the surface, disinter They have excavated the fossil remains of a prehistoric man.

excavate

verb
1. To break, turn over, or remove (earth or sand, for example) with or as if with a tool:
2. To make by digging:
Translations
يَحْفُرُ الأرْضَيُنَقِّبُ عن الآثار
udgrave
alámoselhordfelásfeltárkiás
grafagrafa upp
ekskavatoriusiškasimaskasėjaskasimaskasinėjimas
izdarīt izrakumusizraktrakt
opdelvenuitgraven
kazı yapmakkazmak

excavate

[ˈekskəveɪt] VTexcavar

excavate

[ˈɛkskəveɪt] vt
(ARCHAEOLOGY) [archeologist] [+ site] → excaver; [+ pot, bone, building] → mettre au jour
(= dig out) [+ hole] → creuser; [+ soil] → creuser

excavate

vt groundausschachten; (machine)ausbaggern; (Archeol) remainsausgraben; siteAusgrabungen machen auf (+dat); trench, gravesausheben
vi (Archeol) → Ausgrabungen machen

excavate

[ˈɛkskəˌveɪt] vt (ground) → scavare (Archeol) → effettuare gli scavi di

excavate

(ˈekskəveit) verb
1. to dig up (a piece of ground etc) or to dig out (a hole) by doing this.
2. in archaeology, to uncover or open up (a structure etc remaining from earlier times) by digging. The archaeologist excavated an ancient fortress.
ˌexcaˈvation noun
ˈexcavator noun
a machine or person that excavates.
References in classic literature ?
An English Company is going to excavate Ephesus--and then!
This great work must be completed within eight months, so that you have 2,543,400 cubic feet of earth to excavate in 255 days; that is to say, in round numbers,
Tegetmeier, I separated two combs, and put between them a long, thick, square strip of wax: the bees instantly began to excavate minute circular pits in it; and as they deepened these little pits, they made them wider and wider until they were converted into shallow basins, appearing to the eye perfectly true or parts of a sphere, and of about the diameter of a cell.
The bees instantly began on both sides to excavate little basins near to each other, in the same way as before; but the ridge of wax was so thin, that the bottoms of the basins, if they had been excavated to the same depth as in the former experiment, would have broken into each other from the opposite sides.
Thus, as I believe, the most wonderful of all known instincts, that of the hive-bee, can be explained by natural selection having taken advantage of numerous, successive, slight modifications of simpler instincts; natural selection having by slow degrees, more and more perfectly, led the bees to sweep equal spheres at a given distance from each other in a double layer, and to build up and excavate the wax along the planes of intersection.
With its protruding jaws it excavates its winding burrows and with its broad feet it pushes the dirt behind it.
If our successors are able to excavate so much better than we can, they may never be able to relate the finer scale of their excavations to the coarser scale of ours.
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What the situation is, they are installing a storm drain, and in order to install that type down in the ground, they have to excavate out of there,'' said Nelson, who explained that some of the excavated material most likely would be used as backfill.
However, the Manville, New Jersey Borough Council is considering a "mixed use" redevelopment plan and if the plan is approved by the Council the US EPA would be compelled to excavate an additional volume of soil.
Excavate fit and make good afterwards for ducting, cable, mini pillar, heritage lighting including all electrical works, certification and electrical connection.
In terms of business, the entire (construction) market is fully documented as being awash with need, and a skeleton crew can excavate just over 14,000 tons of material a week.