Meaning of “behead” in the English Dictionary

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"behead" in British English

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beheadverb [ T often passive ]

uk /bɪˈhed/ us /bɪˈhed/

Examples from literature

  • For those beheaded in battle there is another burial, which is described in a later chapter. 
  • It arose out of a report that four soldiers had been arrested and were to be secretly beheaded the same night. 
  • The mayor sentenced him to be beheaded. 
  • They were all beaten with rods and beheaded in the middle of the forum. 
  • They were all seized, by the emperor's order, and beheaded. 

(Definition of “behead” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"behead" in American English

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beheadverb [ T ]

us /bɪˈhed/

to cut off the head of a person

(Definition of “behead” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)