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

 

decapitate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈkæpɪteɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈkæpɪteɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they decapitate
BrE BrE//dɪˈkæpɪteɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈkæpɪteɪt//
 
he / she / it decapitates
BrE BrE//dɪˈkæpɪteɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈkæpɪteɪts//
 
past simple decapitated
BrE BrE//dɪˈkæpɪteɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈkæpɪteɪtɪd//
 
past participle decapitated
BrE BrE//dɪˈkæpɪteɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈkæpɪteɪtɪd//
 
-ing form decapitating
BrE BrE//dɪˈkæpɪteɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈkæpɪteɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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decapitate somebody/something to cut off somebody’s head synonym behead His decapitated body was found floating in a canal. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from late Latin decapitat- ‘decapitated’, from the verb decapitare, from de- (expressing removal) + caput, capit- ‘head’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: decapitate