excavate

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Plain form
excavate

Third-person singular
excavates

Past tense
excavated

Past participle
excavated

Present participle
excavating

  1. (transitive) If you excavate something, you make a hole (in it) by digging.
    The dirt nearby was excavated for future construction.
    The ground here was excavated by machine.
  2. (transitive) If you excavate something, you find it by digging.
    The artifacts near the dig site were excavated carefully.

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