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Definitions for decapitate
dɪˈkæp ɪˌteɪtde·cap·i·tate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. decapitate, behead, decollateverb

    cut the head of

    "the French King was beheaded during the Revolution"


  1. decapitateverb

    To remove the head of.

  2. Etymology: From décapiter, from decapitare, from de- + caput.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Decapitateverb

    To behead.

    Etymology: decapito, Latin.


  1. decapitate

    Decapitate generally means to remove the head from the body, typically referring to a violent or brutal act.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decapitateverb

    to cut off the head of; to behead

  2. Decapitateverb

    to remove summarily from office

  3. Etymology: [LL. decapitatus, p. p. of decapitare; L. de- + caput head. See Chief.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Decapitate

    de-kap′i-tāt, v.t. to take the head from: to behead.—n. Decapitā′tion. [Low L. decapitāre—L. de, from, and caput, capitis, the head.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of decapitate in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of decapitate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of decapitate in a Sentence

  1. President Barack Obama:

    I don't think they're gaining strength, what is true, from the start our goal has been first to contain and we have contained them. They have not gained ground in Iraq and in Syria. They'll come in. They'll leave. But you don't see this systemic march by ISIL across the terrain. What we have not yet been able to do is to completely decapitate their command and control structures. We've made some progress in trying to reduce the flow of foreign fighters.

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