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.

1400–50; late Middle English unerthen. See un-2, earth

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unearth (ʌnˈɜːθ)
1.  to dig up out of the earth
2.  to reveal or discover, esp by exhaustive searching

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Word Origin & History

"to dig up," mid-15c., from un- (2) + earth (v.) "to bury in the ground" (see earth).
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Example sentences
There is the tricky relationship between what they unearth for their books and what goes into the paper.
The true challenge posed by the runaway growth in information is to unearth useful bits from this mountain of dross.
To unearth the bacteria's inner workings, the researchers zapped the connective proteins with multiple ultrafast laser pulses.
In that case, if you have had time to pack your bag, it might be something for the archaeologists to unearth.
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