how to pronounce decimate


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decimate is pronounced in three syllables

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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


  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.


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

decimate frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word decimate occurs in english on average 0.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics decimate can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that decimate can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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