delve

[delv]
verb (used without object), delved, delving.
1.
to carry on intensive and thorough research for data, information, or the like; investigate: to delve into the issue of prison reform.
2.
Archaic. to dig, as with a spade.
verb (used with object), delved, delving.
3.
Archaic. to dig; excavate.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English delven, Old English delfan; cognate with Dutch delven, Old High German telban

delver, noun
undelved, adjective


1. research, inquire, probe, examine, explore.
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delve (dɛlv)
 
vb
1.  to inquire or research deeply or intensively (for information, etc): he delved in the Bible for quotations
2.  to search or rummage (in a drawer, the pockets, etc)
3.  (esp of an animal) to dig or burrow deeply (into the ground, etc)
4.  archaic, dialect or (also tr) to dig or turn up (earth, a garden, etc), as with a spade
 
[Old English delfan; related to Old High German telban to dig, Russian dolbit to hollow out with a chisel]
 
'delver
 
n

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delve
O.E. delfan "to dig" (class III strong verb; past tense dealf, pp. dolfen), common W.Gmc. verb with cognates in Slavic. Weak inflections emerged 14c.-16c.
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