v. ex·ca·vat·ed, ex·ca·vat·ing, ex·ca·vates
1. To make a hole in; hollow out: excavate an ore-rich hillside.
2. To form by hollowing out.
3. To remove by digging or scooping out.
4. To expose or uncover by or as if by digging: excavate an archaeological site.
To engage in digging, hollowing out, or removing.
[Latin excavāre, excavāt-, to hollow out : ex-, ex- + cavāre, to hollow (from cavus, hollow; see keuə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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