Pronunciation: (eks'ku-vāt"), [key]
—v.t., -vat•ed, -vat•ing.
1. to make hollow by removing the inner part; make a hole or cavity in; form into a hollow, as by digging: The ground was excavated for a foundation.
2. to make (a hole, tunnel, etc.) by removing material.
3. to dig or scoop out (earth, sand, etc.).
4. to expose or lay bare by or as if by digging; unearth: to excavate an ancient city.
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