what is difference between excavate and unearth
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”).
- IPA(key): /ˈɛk.skə.veɪt/
excavate (third-person singular simple present excavates, present participle excavating, simple past and past participle excavated)
- (transitive) To make a hole in (something); to hollow.
- (transitive) To remove part of (something) by scooping or digging it out.
- (transitive) To uncover (something) by digging.
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excavate (plural excavates)
- (zoology) Any member of a major grouping of unicellular eukaryotes, of the clade Excavata.
- Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “excavate”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
- second-person plural present active imperative of excavō
un- + earth
- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)θ
unearth (third-person singular simple present unearths, present participle unearthing, simple past and past participle unearthed)
- To drive or draw from the earth.
- to unearth a fox or a badger
- To uncover or find; to bring out from concealment
- to unearth a secret
- Synonyms: bring to light, disclose, unfold
- To dig up.
- unearth in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- haunter, nauther, unheart, urethan