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[uhn-urth] /ʌnˈɜrθ/
verb (used with object)
to dig or get out of the earth; dig up.
to uncover or bring to light by search, inquiry, etc.:
The lawyer unearthed new evidence.
Origin of unearth
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English unerthen. See un-2, earth Unabridged
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  • To unearth the bacteria's inner workings, the researchers zapped the connective proteins with multiple ultrafast laser pulses.
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British Dictionary definitions for unearth


verb (transitive)
to dig up out of the earth
to reveal or discover, esp by exhaustive searching
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Word Origin and History for unearth

"to dig up," mid-15c., from un- (2) + earth (v.) "to bury in the ground" (see earth). Related: Unearthed; unearthing.

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