excavate vs unearth what difference

what is difference between excavate and unearth

English

Etymology 1

Known since 1599, from Latin excavātus (hollowed out), perfect passive participle of excavō (hollow out), from ex (out) + cavō (make a hole), from cavus (cave, hole).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɛk.skə.veɪt/

Verb

excavate (third-person singular simple present excavates, present participle excavating, simple past and past participle excavated)

  1. (transitive) To make a hole in (something); to hollow.
  2. (transitive) To remove part of (something) by scooping or digging it out.
  3. (transitive) To uncover (something) by digging.
Related terms
  • excavation
  • excavator
Translations

Etymology 2

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Noun

excavate (plural excavates)

  1. (zoology) Any member of a major grouping of unicellular eukaryotes, of the clade Excavata.

References

  • Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “excavate”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

Latin

Verb

excavāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of excavō


English

Etymology

un- +‎ earth

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)θ

Verb

unearth (third-person singular simple present unearths, present participle unearthing, simple past and past participle unearthed)

  1. To drive or draw from the earth.
    to unearth a fox or a badger
  2. To uncover or find; to bring out from concealment
    to unearth a secret
    Synonyms: bring to light, disclose, unfold
  3. To dig up.

Translations

References

  • unearth in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

Anagrams

  • haunter, nauther, unheart, urethan

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