excavate Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “excavate” in the English Dictionary

"excavate" in British English

See all translations

excavateverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈek.skə.veɪt/ us   /ˈek.skə.veɪt/
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   /ˌeks.kəˈveɪ.ʃən/
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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"excavate" in American English

See all translations

excavateverb [I/T]

us   /ˈek·skəˌveɪt/
to dig a hole or channel in the ground, or to make a hole or channel by removing earth: [I] We’ll be excavating here for the foundation of the building.
To excavate is also to remove earth from a place in order to find old objects buried there: [T] Archaeologists are excavating a site near the cathedral.
excavation
noun [C/U] us   /ˌek·skəˈveɪ·ʃən/
[C] an excavation 40 feet deep
(Definition of excavate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of excavate?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“excavate” in British English

“excavate” in American English

Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
by ,
May 25, 2016
by Liz Walter Enough is a very common word, but it is easy to make mistakes with it. You need to be careful about its position in a sentence, and the prepositions or verb patterns that come after it. I’ll start with the position of enough in the sentence. When we use it with a noun,

Read More 

Word of the Day

sunscreen

a substance that you put on your skin to prevent it from being damaged by the sun

Word of the Day

convo noun
convo noun
May 23, 2016
informal a conversation The convo around concussions mostly focuses on guys who play football, but Chastain thinks that this whole thing could be a headache for women too.

Read More