The verb delve means to dig into, loosen, or investigate. She delved into her family's history and discovered an inventor, a checkers champion, and a circus equestrian in her ancestry.

Delve has a literal meaning of to dig into the earth ("to delve the soil," as in preparing a garden, for example), but this sense is rare now. The verb is most often used in the more figurative sense — like to delve into a problem or into someone's personal life.

Definitions of delve
  1. verb
    turn up, loosen, or remove earth
    synonyms: cut into, dig, turn over
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    furrow, groove, rut
    hollow out in the form of a furrow or groove
    root, rootle, rout
    dig with the snout
    dig (up) with a spade
    dig with or as if with a shovel
    use a trowel on; for light garden work or plaster work
    burrow, tunnel
    move through by or as by digging
    spade into alternate ridges and troughs
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  2. verb
    search for something in a receptacle or container
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    subject to a search
  3. verb
    inquire into
    synonyms: explore, research, search
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    explore for useful or valuable things or substances, such as minerals
    search the internet (for information) using the Google search engine
    search for a location and directions by means of the MapQuest program
    explore anew
    beat about, cast about, cast around
    search anxiously
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    investigate, look into
    investigate scientifically
  4. verb
    consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning
    synonyms: analyse, analyze, canvas, canvass, examine, parse, study
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    anatomise, anatomize
    analyze down to the smallest detail
    diagnose, name
    determine or distinguish the nature of a problem or an illness through a diagnostic analysis
    subject to a medical analysis
    appraise, survey
    consider in a comprehensive way
    make a survey of; for statistical purposes
    examine and note the similarities or differences of
    check, check into, check out, check over, check up on, go over, look into, suss out
    examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition
    analyze (chemical substances)
    reexamine, review
    look at again; examine again
    audit, inspect, scrutinise, scrutinize
    examine carefully for accuracy with the intent of verification
    examine methodically
    follow, trace
    follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something
    investigate, look into
    investigate scientifically
    sieve, sift
    check and sort carefully
    consider, look at, view
    look at carefully; study mentally
    examine (organs) for diagnostic purposes
    examine minutely
    explore, research, search
    inquire into
    travel to or penetrate into
    analogise, analogize
    make an analogy
    compare critically; of texts
    subject to a bio-assay
    examine, probe
    question or examine thoroughly and closely
    attempt to find out in a systematic and scientific manner
    look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought
    look or stare at longingly
    canvas, canvass, poll
    get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions
    follow, keep an eye on, observe, watch, watch over
    follow with the eyes or the mind
    conduct a test or investigation
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