behead

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verb be·head \ bi-ˈhed , bē- \

Definition of behead

transitive verb
:to cut off the head of :decapitate

Examples of behead in a Sentence

  1. Louis XVI was beheaded in 1793.

  2. Mary, Queen of Scots, was beheaded for plotting against Queen Elizabeth.

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First Known Use of behead

before 12th century

behead Synonyms

Synonyms
decapitate, guillotine, head
Related Words
decollate; prune, shorten, trim; scalp

BEHEAD Defined for English Language Learners

behead

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Definition of behead for English Language Learners

  • : to cut off the head of (someone) especially as a punishment


BEHEAD Defined for Kids

behead

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verb be·head \ bi-ˈhed \

Definition of behead for Students

beheaded; beheading
:to cut off the head of


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