verb (used with object)

  1. to dig or get out of the earth; dig up.
  2. to uncover or bring to light by search, inquiry, etc.: The lawyer unearthed new evidence.

verb (tr)

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

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

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