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Definition of excavate:

  1. To dig out and remove, as earth.
  2. To form by hollowing; to shape, as a cavity, or anything that is hollow; as, to excavate a canoe, a cellar, a channel.
  3. To hollow out; to form cavity or hole in; to make hollow by cutting, scooping, or digging; as, to excavate a ball; to excavate the earth.

Synonyms:

grok, dig out, fold up, fold, turn up, savvy, dig, drudge, labour, hollow out, locate, hollow, make, unearth, turn out, grasp, poke, delve, grub, toil, jab, travail, comprehend, turn over, prove, moil, get the picture, come out, compass, prod, cut into, apprehend, scoop, core out, shovel, dig up, shovel, surface, labor, stab, spade, grind, enter, come on, show up.

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