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From Middle English indelven (to bury), equivalent to in- +‎ delve. Cognate with Dutch indelven (to dig into). More at in-, delve.


indelve (third-person singular simple present indelves, present participle indelving, simple past indelved or indolve, past participle indelved or indolven)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To bury.
  2. To dig or delve into.
    • 1959, Traffic Service Corporation, Traffic world: Volume 103:
      Although this port brings out that there are known cases where, on interline traffic, the delivering carrier had collected, but failed to remit to the consignor, it did indelve into the liability of the initial carrier to the consignor, ...
  3. To ingrave.
    • 2006, Robert L. Vincent, Jr., Consuelo M. Vincent, The Prophecy and Testament:
      The Vision was in the form of a Book in heaven with small and minute in script and indelved upon Gold of the purest form.

Derived terms[edit]


  • Charles Richardson, Supplement to A new dictionary of the English language, in-delve.