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excavate

  

      vb  
1    to remove (soil, earth, etc.) by digging; dig out  
2    to make (a hole, cavity, or tunnel) in (solid matter) by hollowing or removing the centre or inner part  
to excavate a tooth     
3    to unearth (buried objects) methodically in an attempt to discover information about the past  
     (C16: from Latin excavare, from cavare to make hollow, from cavus hollow)  
  excavation      n  
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excavate

  
  
burrow, cut, delve, dig, dig out, dig up, gouge, hollow, mine, quarry, scoop, trench, tunnel, uncover, unearth  

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