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excavateverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈek.skə.veɪt/  us   /ˈek.skə.veɪt/
to ​removeearth that is ​covering very ​oldobjectsburied in the ​ground in ​order to ​discover things about the past: Ice ​agebones are being excavated in the ​caves.
to ​dig a ​hole or channel in the ​ground, ​especially with a ​machine: In ​tinmining today, ​workers excavate ​tunnels horizontally from a ​verticalshaft.
excavation
noun [C or U] uk   /ˌeks.kəˈveɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌeks.kəˈveɪ.ʃən/
Excavation on the ​site is ​likely to ​continue for several ​years. She has taken ​part in several excavations of ​RomansettlementsacrossEurope.
(Definition of excavate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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excavateverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈek·skəˌveɪt/
to ​dig a ​hole or ​channel in the ​ground, or to make a ​hole or ​channel by ​removingearth: [I] We’ll be excavating here for the ​foundation of the ​building.
To excavate is also to ​removeearth from a ​place in ​order to ​findoldobjectsburied there: [T] Archaeologists are excavating a ​site near the ​cathedral.
excavation
noun [C/U]  us   /ˌek·skəˈveɪ·ʃən/
[C] an excavation 40 ​feetdeep
(Definition of excavate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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