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English definition of “excavate”

excavate

verb [I or T]     /ˈek.skə.veɪt/
to remove earth that is covering very old objects buried in the ground in order to discover things about the past: Tintagel Castle is being excavated.ArchaeologyDigging to dig a hole or channel in the ground , especially with a machine : In tin mining today, workers excavate tunnels horizontally from a vertical shaft .Mining and quarryingDigging excavation     /ˌeks.kəˈveɪ.ʃən/ noun [C or U] Excavation on the site is likely to continue for several years . She has taken part in several excavations of Roman settlements across Europe .Archaeology
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