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Meaning of excavate

ex•ca•vate

Pronunciation: (eks'ku-vāt"), [key]
— -vat•ed, -vat•ing.
  1. to make hollow by removing the inner part; make a hole or cavity in; form into a hollow, as by digging: The ground was excavated for a foundation.
  2. to make (a hole, tunnel, etc.) by removing material.
  3. to dig or scoop out (earth, sand, etc.).
  4. to expose or lay bare by or as if by digging; unearth: to excavate an ancient city.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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