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English verb: excavate

1. excavate (perception) recover through digging

SamplesSchliemann excavated Troy.
Excavate gold.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s Adjective

Broader (hypernym)bring out, reveal, uncover, unveil

Narrower (hyponym)dig, dig out, dig up

2. excavate (contact) find by digging in the ground

SamplesI dug up an old box in the garden.

Synonymsdig up, turn up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)obtain

Narrower (hyponym)disinter, exhume, grub out, grub up, nuzzle

Verb grouplocate, turn up

3. excavate (contact) form by hollowing

SamplesCarnegie had a lake excavated for Princeton University's rowing team.
Excavate a cavity.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)core out, hollow, hollow out

4. excavate (contact) remove the inner part or the core of

SamplesThe mining company wants to excavate the hillside.

ExamplesThey excavate the trees

Synonymsdig, hollow

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw

Narrower (hyponym)ditch, drive, trench

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