Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “excavate”

See all translations

excavate

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈek.skə.veɪt/ us  
to remove earth that is covering very old objects buried in the ground in order to discover things about the past: Ice age bones are being excavated in the caves. 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.
excavation
noun [C or U] uk   /ˌeks.kəˈveɪ.ʃən/ us  
Excavation on the site is likely to continue for several years. She has taken part in several excavations of Roman settlements across Europe.
(Definition of excavate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of excavate?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “excavate” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

past participle

the form of a verb, usually made by adding -ed, used in some grammatical structures such as the passive and the present perfect

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More