Decimate - definition, pronunciation, transcription

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


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


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

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