Definition of unearth in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnˈəːθ/


[with object]
1Find (something) in the ground by digging: workmen unearthed an ancient artillery shell
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  • Following last year's trench excavation at the site by Channel Four's Time Team, experts, students and local volunteers have returned to the grounds to unearth the remains of Sion Abbey.
  • Up to 2,000 people face a second night out of their homes while Army bomb disposal teams work to stabilise a 1,000 lb Second World War bomb unearthed by workmen.
  • The workmen appear to have unearthed a section of root from a plant which grew in the prehistoric equivalent of the mangrove swamps found today around the Amazon or Northern Australia.
1.1Discover (something hidden, lost, or kept secret) by investigation or searching: they have done all they can to unearth the truth
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  • The movie performs a kind of archaeology of crime, unearthing the secrets that lie beneath secrets, and discovering finally the bottomlessness of every mystery.
  • If this investigation should unearth anything untoward, payments could be stopped.
  • David Ades writes some excellent notes and the project deserves continued encouragement for its capacity to unearth some long lost recorded treasures from the dusty archives.
2Drive (an animal, especially a fox) out of a hole or burrow.

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