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

v turn up, loosen, or remove earth

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

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