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v. delved, delv·ing, delves
1. To search deeply and laboriously: delved through the court records.
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.
Archaic To dig (ground) with a spade.
[Middle English delven, to dig, from Old English delfan.]
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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]
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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]
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Past participle: delved
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|Verb||1.||delve - 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"
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
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1. research, investigate, explore, examine, probe, look into, burrow, dig into She delved into her mother's past.
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1. To go into or through for the purpose of making discoveries or acquiring information:
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delve[delv] VI to delve into [+ pocket, cupboard] → hurgar en, rebuscar en; [+ subject] → profundizar en, ahondar en; [+ past] → hurgar en
we must delve deeper → tenemos que profundizar or ahondar todavía más
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(= reach, search) to delve into sth [+ cupboard, bag] → fouiller dans qch
(= investigate) to delve into sth [+ subject, past] → fouiller dans qch
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