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decimate

dec·i·mate

decimate

pronunciation:
de s meIt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: decimated, decimates, decimating
definition 1: to destroy a large part or number of.
The barrage of arrows decimated the attacking army.
similar words:
butcher, wither
definition 2: in former times, to put to death one tenth of (a conquered army or populace).
derivations: decimation (n.), decimator (n.)
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The word decimate contains the following parts:
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).