exhumeverb [ T ]uk /eksˈhjuːm/ us /eɡˈzuːm/ formal
noun [ C or U ] uk /ˌeks.hjuːˈmeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌeks.hjuːˈmeɪ.ʃən/
Examples from literature
- I entreat my captain to have me buried in a vault from which my body can be exhumed in case the duke, my father, should request its exhumation.
- The body was exhumed.
- The dead are usually disposed of by cremation, but are often kept some time, being either embalmed or simply buried and exhumed subsequently.
- The families who had relatives buried in the cemetery of Port Royal des Champs were ordered to exhume and carry them elsewhere.