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decapitate

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verb de·cap·i·tate \di-ˈka-pə-ˌtāt, dē-\

Simple Definition of decapitate

  • : to cut off the head of (a person or animal)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of decapitate

decapitated

decapitating

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cut off the head of :  behead

decapitation

play \-ˌka-pə-ˈtā-shən\ noun

decapitator

play \-ˈka-pə-ˌtā-tər\ noun

Examples of decapitate in a sentence

  1. <a particularly gruesome series of murders in which the victims were decapitated>



Origin and Etymology of decapitate

Late Latin decapitatus, past participle of decapitare, from Latin de- + capit-, caput head — more at head


First Known Use: circa 1611

Rhymes with decapitate

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DECAPITATE Defined for Kids

decapitate

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verb de·cap·i·tate \di-ˈka-pə-ˌtāt\

Definition of decapitate for Students

decapitated

decapitating

  1. :  to cut off the head of :  behead



Word Root of decapitate

The Latin word caput, meaning “head," gives us the root capit, which is sometimes shortened to capt. Words from the Latin caput have something to do with the head or a place where decisions are made. The capital of a state or country is the city where the government is and where decisions are made about laws. A captain is the person who heads a group and leads his members. To decapitate is to cut off someone's head.


Medical Dictionary

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decapitate

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transitive verb de·cap·i·tate \di-ˈkap-ə-ˌtāt\

Medical Definition of decapitate

decapitated

;

decapitating

  1. :  to cut off the head of

decapitation

\-ˌkap-ə-ˈtā-shən\play noun



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decapitate

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adjective de·cap·i·tate \-ə-ˌtāt, -ət-ət\

Medical Definition of decapitate

  1. :  relating to or being a decapitated experimental animal





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