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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.
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English unerthen. See un-2, earth Unabridged
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  • At first there was popular incredulity and disbelief that there was much behind the charges, or that much could be unearthed.
  • But a recently unearthed turtle fossil, the oldest on record, may hold the answer.
  • More clues should emerge as more samples are unearthed-and as genetic sequencing technology continues to improve.
  • Among the fossils unearthed was a tiny jaw fragment with big implications.
  • Archaeological digs have unearthed widespread evidence of breath-hold diving in seaside cultures.
  • We do not generally relegate capitalism to the shelf of unspeakable evils whenever human trafficking or sweatshops are unearthed.
  • Now, the science of nutrition has unearthed even more reasons why that advice is indeed beneficial: phytochemicals.
  • We unearthed these lesser-known works from well-known personages.
  • Objects were unearthed from backyards, fished out of a cesspool, recovered in pre-dawn raids.
  • The park's museum displays many of the beautiful treasures that have been unearthed at the site.
British Dictionary definitions for unearthed


verb (transitive)
to dig up out of the earth
to reveal or discover, esp by exhaustive searching
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unearthed



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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