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ˈdɛs əˌmeɪtdec·i·mate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. decimate(verb)

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

  2. eliminate, annihilate, extinguish, eradicate, wipe out, decimate, carry off(verb)

    kill in large numbers

    "the plague wiped out an entire population"

Wiktionary

  1. decimate(Verb)

    To kill one man chosen by lot out of every ten in a legion or other military group.

    Etymology: From Latin decimare "to take the tenth (decimus) part of anything", in particular referring to the levying and payment of tithe and also the practice of capital punishment applied to one man at random (by lot) out of every ten in a legion; compare quintate.

  2. decimate(Verb)

    To reduce anything by one in ten, or ten percent.

    Etymology: From Latin decimare "to take the tenth (decimus) part of anything", in particular referring to the levying and payment of tithe and also the practice of capital punishment applied to one man at random (by lot) out of every ten in a legion; compare quintate.

  3. decimate(Verb)

    To exact a tithe, or tax of 10 percent.

    Etymology: From Latin decimare "to take the tenth (decimus) part of anything", in particular referring to the levying and payment of tithe and also the practice of capital punishment applied to one man at random (by lot) out of every ten in a legion; compare quintate.

  4. decimate(Verb)

    To reduce to one-tenth.

    Etymology: From Latin decimare "to take the tenth (decimus) part of anything", in particular referring to the levying and payment of tithe and also the practice of capital punishment applied to one man at random (by lot) out of every ten in a legion; compare quintate.

  5. decimate(Verb)

    To severely reduce; to destroy almost completely.

    Etymology: From Latin decimare "to take the tenth (decimus) part of anything", in particular referring to the levying and payment of tithe and also the practice of capital punishment applied to one man at random (by lot) out of every ten in a legion; compare quintate.

  6. decimate(Verb)

    To replace a high-resolution model with one of lower resolution but acceptably similar appearance.

    Etymology: From Latin decimare "to take the tenth (decimus) part of anything", in particular referring to the levying and payment of tithe and also the practice of capital punishment applied to one man at random (by lot) out of every ten in a legion; compare quintate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decimate(verb)

    to take the tenth part of; to tithe

    Etymology: [L. decimatus, p. p. of decimare to decimate (in senses 1 & 2), fr. decimus tenth. See Decimal.]

  2. Decimate(verb)

    to select by lot and punish with death every tenth man of; as, to decimate a regiment as a punishment for mutiny

    Etymology: [L. decimatus, p. p. of decimare to decimate (in senses 1 & 2), fr. decimus tenth. See Decimal.]

  3. Decimate(verb)

    to destroy a considerable part of; as, to decimate an army in battle; to decimate a people by disease

    Etymology: [L. decimatus, p. p. of decimare to decimate (in senses 1 & 2), fr. decimus tenth. See Decimal.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Decimate

    des′i-māt, v.t. to take the tenth part of: to put to death every tenth man.—ns. Decimā′tion, a military punishment, by which every tenth man was selected by lot and put to death or otherwise punished; Dec′imator. [L. decimāre, -ātumdecimus, tenth.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of decimate in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of decimate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of decimate in a Sentence

  1. David Letterman:

    I really had great admiration for the fact that she was able to just walk into that room and decimate the place.

  2. Tom Slunecka:

    We have got about a month and a half where we can play with this thing and then after that, these prices have to be corrected, so we urge the administration to do what it has to do and do it quickly, if we get into harvest with prices like they are, it will decimate much of farm country.

  3. Gregory Conley:

    As proposed, the FDA’s regulation would decimate nearly every single small and medium-sized business in this market, thousands of businesses would close overnight. And nearly the entire e-cigarette market would become either big tobacco or firms that are backed heavily by Wall Street money.

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