Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb excavate

4 senses of excavate

Sense 1
excavate, unearth -- (recover through digging; "Schliemann excavated Troy"; "excavate gold")
       => uncover, bring out, unveil, reveal -- (make visible; "Summer brings out bright clothes"; "He brings out the best in her")

Sense 2
excavate, dig up, turn up -- (find by digging in the ground; "I dug up an old box in the garden")
       => obtain -- (come into possession of; "How did you obtain the visa?")

Sense 3
excavate -- (form by hollowing; "Carnegie had a lake excavated for Princeton University's rowing team"; "excavate a cavity")
       => hollow, hollow out, core out -- (remove the interior of; "hollow out a tree trunk")

Sense 4
excavate, dig, hollow -- (remove the inner part or the core of; "the mining company wants to excavate the hillside")
       => remove, take, take away, withdraw -- (remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract; "remove a threat"; "remove a wrapper"; "Remove the dirty dishes from the table"; "take the gun from your pocket"; "This machine withdraws heat from the environment")

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