dec|i|mate


dec|i|mate
dec|i|mate «DEHS uh mayt», transitive verb, -mat|ed, -mat|ing.
1. to destroy much of; kill a large part of: »

War had decimated the tribe, but the survivors kept on fighting.

2. to select by lot and execute every tenth man of: »

The mutineers were decimated by order of the captain.

3. to take or destroy one tenth of.
4. Obsolete. to take a tenth or tithe from.
[< Latin decimāre (with English -ate1) take a tenth < decmus tenth < decem ten]

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