Meaning of “exhume” in the English Dictionary

"exhume" in British English

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exhumeverb [ T ]

uk /eksˈhjuːm/ us /eɡˈzuːm/ formal
exhumation
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. 

(Definition of “exhume” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"exhume" in American English

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exhumeverb [ T ]

us /ɪɡˈzum, ɪksˈjum/

to remove a dead body from the ground after it has been buried

(Definition of “exhume” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)