how to pronounce decimate

/ˈdɛsəˌmɛɪt/

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decimate is pronounced in three syllables

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dɛsəmɛɪt

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An example use of decimate in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… we have to decimate our police budget to …”

meanings of decimate

verb:

  1. To replace a high-resolution model with another of lower but acceptable quality.
  2. To devastate: to reduce or destroy significantly but not completely.
  3. To kill one-tenth of a group, (historical, specifically) as a military punishment in the Roman army selected by lot, usually carried out by the surviving soldiers.
  4. To reduce to one-tenth: to destroy or remove nine-tenths of anything.
  5. To destroy or remove one-tenth of anything.
  6. To exact a tithe or other 10% tax.
  7. To decimalize: to divide into tenths, hundredths etc.
  8. To tithe: to pay a 10% tax.

noun:

  1. A tithe or other 10% tax or payment.
  2. A set of ten items.
  3. A tenth of something.

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