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delve

 (dĕlv)
v. delved, delv·ing, delves
v.intr.
1. To search deeply and laboriously: delved through the court records.
2.
a. To research or make inquiries into something: scientists delving into gene regulation.
b. To undertake an activity or occupation undeterred by difficulty or uncertainty: delved into writing a blog.
c. To discuss or explain something, especially in detail: The article delves into the problems facing the banking system.
3. To enter or move into an area in which movement is difficult: The explorers delved into the forest.
4. To dig the ground, as with a spade.
v.tr.
Archaic To dig (ground) with a spade.

[Middle English delven, to dig, from Old English delfan.]

delv′er n.

delve

(dɛlv)
vb (mainly intr; often foll by in or into)
1. to inquire or research deeply or intensively (for information, etc): he delved in the Bible for quotations.
2. to search or rummage (in a drawer, the pockets, etc)
3. (Zoology) (esp of an animal) to dig or burrow deeply (into the ground, etc)
4. (also tr) archaic or dialect to dig or turn up (earth, a garden, etc), as with a spade
[Old English delfan; related to Old High German telban to dig, Russian dolbit to hollow out with a chisel]
ˈdelver n

delve

(dɛlv)

v. delved, delv•ing. v.i.
1. to carry on intensive and thorough research for data, information, or the like.
2. Archaic. to dig, as with a spade.
v.t.
3. Archaic. to dig; excavate.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English delfan; c. Old Saxon -delban, Old High German -telban]
delv′er, n.

delve


Past participle: delved
Gerund: delving

Imperative
delve
delve
Present
I delve
you delve
he/she/it delves
we delve
you delve
they delve
Preterite
I delved
you delved
he/she/it delved
we delved
you delved
they delved
Present Continuous
I am delving
you are delving
he/she/it is delving
we are delving
you are delving
they are delving
Present Perfect
I have delved
you have delved
he/she/it has delved
we have delved
you have delved
they have delved
Past Continuous
I was delving
you were delving
he/she/it was delving
we were delving
you were delving
they were delving
Past Perfect
I had delved
you had delved
he/she/it had delved
we had delved
you had delved
they had delved
Future
I will delve
you will delve
he/she/it will delve
we will delve
you will delve
they will delve
Future Perfect
I will have delved
you will have delved
he/she/it will have delved
we will have delved
you will have delved
they will have delved
Future Continuous
I will be delving
you will be delving
he/she/it will be delving
we will be delving
you will be delving
they will be delving
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been delving
you have been delving
he/she/it has been delving
we have been delving
you have been delving
they have been delving
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been delving
you will have been delving
he/she/it will have been delving
we will have been delving
you will have been delving
they will have been delving
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been delving
you had been delving
he/she/it had been delving
we had been delving
you had been delving
they had been delving
Conditional
I would delve
you would delve
he/she/it would delve
we would delve
you would delve
they would delve
Past Conditional
I would have delved
you would have delved
he/she/it would have delved
we would have delved
you would have delved
they would have delved
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.delve - turn up, loosen, or remove earthdelve - turn up, loosen, or remove earth; "Dig we must"; "turn over the soil for aeration"
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"
furrow, groove, rut - hollow out in the form of a furrow or groove; "furrow soil"
rootle, rout, root - dig with the snout; "the pig was rooting for truffles"
spade - dig (up) with a spade; "I spade compost into the flower beds"
shovel - dig with or as if with a shovel; "shovel sand"; "he shovelled in the backyard all afternoon long"
trowel - use a trowel on; for light garden work or plaster work
burrow, tunnel - move through by or as by digging; "burrow through the forest"

delve

verb
1. research, investigate, explore, examine, probe, look into, burrow, dig into She delved into her mother's past.
2. rummage, search, look into, burrow, ransack, forage, dig into, fossick (Austral. & N.Z.) He delved into his rucksack and pulled out a folder.

delve

verb
1. To go into or through for the purpose of making discoveries or acquiring information:
2. To break, turn over, or remove (earth or sand, for example) with or as if with a tool:
Translations

delve

[delv] VI to delve into [+ pocket, cupboard] → hurgar en, rebuscar en; [+ subject] → profundizar en, ahondar en; [+ past] → hurgar en
we must delve deepertenemos que profundizar or ahondar todavía más

delve

[ˈdɛlv] vi
(= reach, search) to delve into sth [+ cupboard, bag] → fouiller dans qch
(= investigate) to delve into sth [+ subject, past] → fouiller dans qch

delve

vi (into subject) → sich eingehend befassen (into mit); (into book) → sich vertiefen (→ into in +acc); to delve in(to) one’s pocket/a drawertief in die Tasche/eine Schublade greifen; to delve into the pastdie Vergangenheit erforschen

delve

[dɛlv] vi to delve into (pocket, bag) → frugare in; (subject) → far ricerche in
References in classic literature ?
The deeper we delve in search of these causes the more of them we find; and each separate cause or whole series of causes appears to us equally valid in itself and equally false by its insignificance compared to the magnitude of the events, and by its impotence- apart from the cooperation of all the other coincident causes- to occasion the event.
Let him take off his plates and delve himself, if delving must be done."
If she be cold, I'll think it is this north wind that chills ME; and if she be motionless, it is sleep." I got a spade from the tool-house, and began to delve with all my might - it scraped the coffin; I fell to work with my hands; the wood commenced cracking about the screws; I was on the point of attaining my object, when it seemed that I heard a sigh from some one above, close at the edge of the grave, and bending down.
Professor Beecher, young and foolish, would not consent to delve into the riches of the ancient city, being too much chagrined over the loss of the idol.
Then I am quite satisfied with the experiment, and fancy that we shall not have to repeat it, only don't go to the other extreme and delve like slaves.
Some, to the fountain; some, to the fields; men and women here, to dig and delve; men and women there, to see to the poor live stock, and lead the bony cows out, to such pasture as could be found by the roadside.
Here Wybunbury Delves CofE Primary School, Bridge Street, Wybunbury, Nantwich, CW5 7NE, is put into focus to show its scores in relation to other schools in the area.
Caravans moved on to the Yew Tree Estate and the Delves area in Walsall two weeks ago.
Mary delves into family's past GREAT British Bake Off star Mary Berry and comic Billy Connolly are among the familiar faces who will be delving back into their family history for a new series of BBC1's Who Do You Think You Are?.
The age range at Delves Lane Junior School would change from seven to eleven to three to eleven from April next year, also creating a primary school.
Broadcast executive Michael Grade is keen to find out, so delves into the history of the joke.
Irish tourist plunges to his death from balcony in Tenerife Father-of-three Robert Delves, 42, was on a family holiday in El Medano in Granadilla, in the south of the island, when he apparently fell 30ft from an apartment.