Definition of behead verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

behead

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//bɪˈhed//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈhed//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they behead
BrE BrE//bɪˈhed//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈhed//
 
he / she / it beheads
BrE BrE//bɪˈhedz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈhedz//
 
past simple beheaded
BrE BrE//bɪˈhedɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈhedɪd//
 
past participle beheaded
BrE BrE//bɪˈhedɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈhedɪd//
 
-ing form beheading
BrE BrE//bɪˈhedɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈhedɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] behead somebody to cut off somebody’s head, especially as a punishment synonym decapitate He was charged with treason and beheaded. Word Origin Old English behēafdian; from be- ‘off’ (expressing removal) + hēafod, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hoofd and German Haupt.
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