Definition of unearth in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌənˈərTH/


[with object]
1Find (something) in the ground by digging.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.
discover, uncover, find, come across, stumble upon, hit on, bring to light, expose, turn up, hunt out

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Syllabification: un·earth

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