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

     

    decimalize

     verb
    (British English also -ise)verb
    BrE BrE//ˈdesɪməlaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdesɪməlaɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they decimalize
    BrE BrE//ˈdesɪməlaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdesɪməlaɪz//
     
    he / she / it decimalizes
    BrE BrE//ˈdesɪməlaɪzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdesɪməlaɪzɪz//
     
    past simple decimalized
    BrE BrE//ˈdesɪməlaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdesɪməlaɪzd//
     
    past participle decimalized
    BrE BrE//ˈdesɪməlaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdesɪməlaɪzd//
     
    -ing form decimalizing
    BrE BrE//ˈdesɪməlaɪzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdesɪməlaɪzɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1decimalize something to change a system of coins or weights and measurements to a decimal system Culture The decimalization of the British currency to the present decimal system of 100 pence to the pound happened on 15 February 1971. Before that date, the pound was divided into 20 shillings with 12 pence in each shilling.
  2. 2decimalize something to express an amount using the decimal system instead of the system it is already expressed in The question asks you to decimalize the fraction 78.
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