Synonyms of excavate
1 dig upDictionary • A team of archaeologists is excavating the site.
mine • not enough coal to be mined economically
dig • Dig a large hole and bang the stake in.
tunnel • The rebels tunnelled out of a maximum security jail.
hollow • Someone had hollowed out a large block of stone.
burrow • The larvae burrow into cracks in the floor.
quarry • The large limestone caves are also quarried for cement.
delve • He delved into his rucksack and pulled out a folder.
gouge • quarries which have gouged great holes in the hills
2 unearthDictionary • They have excavated the fossil remains of a prehistoric man.
unearth • Fossil hunters have unearthed the bones of an elephant.
expose • After the scandal was exposed, he committed suicide.
uncover • Auditors said they had uncovered evidence of fraud.
exhume • His remains have been exhumed from their resting place.
bring to light
bring to the surface
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burrowIf an animal burrows into the ground or into a surface, it moves through it by making a tunnel or hole.
• The larvae burrow into cracks in the floor.
delveIf you delve inside something such as a cupboard or a bag, you search inside it.
• He delved into his rucksack and pulled out a folder.
digIf people or animals dig, they make a hole in the ground or in a pile of earth, stones, or rubbish.
• Dig a large hole and bang the stake in.
Thesaurus for excavate from the Collins English Thesaurus
to remove (soil, earth, etc) by digging; dig out