Decimate - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈdesɪmeɪt|  American pronunciation of the word decimate
Brit.  |ˈdɛsɪmeɪt|  British pronunciation of the word decimate

verb

- kill one in every ten, as of mutineers in Roman armies
- kill in large numbers (syn: annihilate, eliminate, eradicate, extinguish)

Examples

This kind of moth is responsible for decimating thousands of trees in our town.

Budget cuts have decimated public services in small towns.

Typhus fever decimated the school periodically. (E. Gaskell)

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: decimate
he/she/it: decimates
present participle: decimating
past tense: decimated
past participle: decimated
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