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DECIMATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does decimate mean? 

DECIMATE (verb)
  The verb DECIMATE has 2 senses:

1. kill one in every ten, as of mutineers in Roman armies
2. kill in large numbers

  Familiarity information: DECIMATE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DECIMATE (verb)


Sense 1decimate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Kill one in every ten, as of mutineers in Roman armies

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Hypernyms (to "decimate" is one way to...):

kill (cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2decimate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Kill in large numbers

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

annihilate; eradicate; decimate; wipe out; carry off; eliminate; extinguish

Context example:

the plague wiped out an entire population

Hypernyms (to "decimate" is one way to...):

kill (cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


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