behead

verb
be·​head | \ bi-ˈhed How to pronounce behead (audio) , bē- \
beheaded; beheading; beheads

Definition of behead

transitive verb

: to cut off the head of : decapitate

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Examples of behead in a Sentence

Louis XVI was beheaded in 1793. Mary, Queen of Scots, was beheaded for plotting against Queen Elizabeth.
Recent Examples on the Web The number of death penalty cases being carried out in Saudi Arabia had dropped during the coronavirus pandemic, though the kingdom continued to behead convicts under King Salman and his assertive son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. NBC News, 14 Mar. 2022 In 2017, in the process of expanding his cattle shed, Morandi Bonacossi said, the farmer managed to behead one of the monumental reliefs with a bulldozer. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2022 The number of death penalty cases being carried out in Saudi Arabia had dropped during the coronavirus pandemic, though the kingdom continued to behead convicts under King Salman and his assertive son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. NBC News, 14 Mar. 2022 The number of death penalty cases being carried out in Saudi Arabia had dropped during the coronavirus pandemic, though the kingdom continued to behead convicts under King Salman and his assertive son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. NBC News, 14 Mar. 2022 The actresses then got a lesson in cutting bait from the boat's deckhand, who showed them how to behead a squid. Olivia Jakiel, PEOPLE.com, 25 Mar. 2022 The number of death penalty cases being carried out in Saudi Arabia had dropped during the coronavirus pandemic, though the kingdom continued to behead convicts under King Salman and his assertive son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. NBC News, 14 Mar. 2022 The number of death penalty cases being carried out in Saudi Arabia had dropped during the coronavirus pandemic, though the kingdom continued to behead convicts under King Salman and his assertive son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. NBC News, 14 Mar. 2022 The number of death penalty cases being carried out in Saudi Arabia had dropped during the coronavirus pandemic, though the kingdom continued to behead convicts under King Salman and his assertive son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Jon Gambrell, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of behead

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of behead was before the 12th century

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11 May 2022

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“Behead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/behead. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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behead

verb
be·​head | \ bi-ˈhed How to pronounce behead (audio) \
beheaded; beheading

Kids Definition of behead

: to cut off the head of

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